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Bones and joints

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Colchester Hospital

All patients who are attending an orthopaedic or fracture clinic will be seen in the main outpatients department.

Virtual Fracture Clinic (VFC)

This is a new service designed to speed up patient access to orthopaedic care at our hospital. Patients attending A&E at either Colchester or a minor injury unit are referred to our VFC.

Patients do not have a face to face appointment. One of our orthopaedic consultants and a nurse specialist will look at the referrals and X-Rays on the next working day and decide the management of the condition. The outcome of this can include:

  • face to face fracture clinic appointment where you will be reviewed by an orthopaedic specialist
  • discharge with a home management and treatment plan
  • a plaster room appointment

In all cases you will be telephoned by a nurse specialist and told the outcome of the VFC. If an appointment is needed it will be booked with you over the phone.

If you are discharged, you will be contacted by a nurse specialist and your treatment plan will be explained. We then email you an information sheet relevant to your injury. This saves you making an unnecessary trip to the hospital and gives you the ability to manage your own condition as soon as possible.

How to get here

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01206 747 474

Staying in hospital

Ward information

We have 4 trauma & orthopaedic wards located in Constable Wing on the first and second floor:


  • Aldham Ward (trauma/emergency care) 1st Floor.
  • Fordham Ward (trauma/emergency care) 1st Floor.
  • Copford Ward (admission for elective/planned care) 2nd Floor.
  • Great Tey Ward (inpatient following elective/planned care) 2nd Floor.

Ipswich Hospital

Elective orthopaedic patients are seen in the orthopaedic outpatient department.

How to get here

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01473 712 233

Staying in hospital

Ward information

Patients undergoing surgery will be admitted to:

  • Raedwald Day Surgery Unit
  • Martlesham Ward – a dedicated orthopaedic ward

Our service

Bones and joints services are known as Trauma and Orthopaedics (T&O).

Our team helps to care for patients with disorders of the bones, muscles or joints. The T&O department offers a comprehensive range of planned (elective) surgery and emergency (trauma) surgery.

Caring for trauma and orthopaedic patients involves the expertise of a wide variety of highly skilled professionals. The way we work together in a multidisciplinary team is essential to your care.



  • Hip and knee surgery: including joint replacements, arthroscopies and soft tissue reconstruction.
  • Trauma surgery.
  • Surgery and other treatments for conditions affecting children i.e. fractures, club feet, cerebral palsy, dislocated hips in babies and other congenital and developmental conditions.
  • Spinal surgery: including primary decompressions, fusions and spinal stabilisations.
  • Upper limb surgery: including shoulder and elbow replacements, tendon reconstruction and carpal tunnel.
  • Foot and ankle surgery: including amputations, ligament and tendon reconstruction and fusions.

For more information about conditions affecting bones, muscles and joints please visit the NHS Choices website

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