Trauma & Orthopaedics

We currently have 144 trauma & orthopaedics beds and 22 for day case surgery. Last year alone our orthopaedic consultants saw 44,000 follow up patients and over 13,500 new referrals.

Our services include:
• Orthopaedic surgery for minor procedures
• Complex knee, hip and spinal surgery
• Joint replacement
• Arthritis and injuries from accidents or sports
• Spinal injuries and spinal tumours
• Comprehensive range of therapy
• Foot surgery
• Knee ligament reconstruction
• Upper limb surgery (including shoulder and elbow replacement)

Our T&O teams provide care to our patients across 5 wards; Ward 203, 204, 205, 206 and 207. Read on to find out more about each ward…

Ward 203

We are a busy 28-bedded ward specialising in the care of patients with a spinal condition. We care for patients requiring elective or trauma surgery.

Our patients suffer with symptoms of back and or leg pain, altered sensation in their hands or legs and can have impaired bladder or bowel function.

We work closely with the specialist spinal unit in Sheffield to support patients with complex spinal care needs; some of our patients are transferred there for ongoing care and rehabilitation. We also work with our colleagues at Kings Lodge, at London Road Community Hospital, which is our Neuro-rehabilitation unit.

We also care for patients who are admitted following traumatic injuries, such as ankle fractures, long bone injuries and hand injuries.

With such a broad mix of patients with differing needs, our staff have a lot of variety in their working life no two days are the same. If you would like to learn more about caring for patients with a spinal condition we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and supportive team.

Ward 204

We are a busy 28-bed trauma admission and assessment ward, caring for patients with conditions including spinal injuries,infections, joint infections, head injuries, wounds, malignancy, fractures and hand injuries.

Patients can come to us from the Emergency Department, Outpatient clinics, another ward, or from home.

We work on a two-team system. We have a stabilisation team, which cares for pre- and post-operative patients needing close observation and monitoring, and a rehabilitation team, which looks after patients who are working towards a discharge date, further rehabilitation or a placement in a residential or nursing home.

We care for most of the infected patients on the Orthopaedic unit, using a range of less commonly used IV antibiotics to treat our patients.

We work closely with the professional development team to provide a wide range of learning opportunities to our staff, supported by senior staff on the ward.

Our nursing team is friendly and enthusiastic, and we look forward to welcoming you to our ward.

Ward 205

We strive to ensure that all patients on our 27-bed fractured neck of femur ward have the best experience we can deliver.

Our team is dynamic, proactive and we pride ourselves on the service we provide. We have a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for our patients, and we work closely with surgeons, ortho-geriatricians and trauma nurses.

We have a wide variety of roles in our team, including a Dementia Support Worker, Apprentices and a trainee Nursing Associate. It’s an important part of our ward ethos to support career development and career progression in line with the changing face of nursing.

Each member of our staff is important to us, so we work hard to help our staff maintain a positive sense of well-being while working in a fast-paced and unpredictable unit. We offer flexible family-friendly working for staff working in full and part-time roles.

We want to hear from nurses who have a commitment to focusing on patients’ needs and providing a high standard of care within a friendly, supportive, efficient, clean, safe environment, where are patients are treated with the utmost respect.

We need strong characters who can meet the demands and challenges of this service. You’ll need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will be expected to work within a multi-professional team, liaising with and providing high quality care for patients.

Ward 206

We are a very dynamic, busy and fast-paced ward providing high quality care for the increasing number of patients in need of elective orthopaedic surgery.

Our ward is split into two areas, an 11-bed enhanced recovery unit and a rehabilitation area.

Staff working on the recovery unit provide post-operative care for patients returning from surgery. We work closely with orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists and other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure our patients receive safe, efficient, individualised and high quality care.

The remaining 17 beds on the ward are for patients who are rehabilitating after surgery. Our staff here work closely with therapy teams to ensure our patients are in a good position before they go home, and they have a smooth and safe discharge. A Registered Nurse is allocated each day to coordinate the discharge process for these patients.

Our nursing team is forward thinking and dynamic. Every member of the team works hard to do the best for our patients. As well as Sisters, staff nurses, Assistant Practitioners and HCAs, we also have a trainee Nursing Associate, and a number of apprentice Health Care Assistants. We’re expanding our HCA role to incorporate Recovery Support Worker responsibilities – just one way in which we’re supporting the development of our colleagues.

We provide consistent support for all our newly qualified nurses and student nurses, by providing an excellent preceptorship programme and allocating mentors and ‘buddies’ to all staff who start their careers with us.

Ward 207

We are an elective admissions ward caring for mainly day case patients, we also have 8 inpatient beds for patients who need an overnight stay and some patients who a need a few days longer.

In our team we have a Senior Sister, two sisters, Registered Nurses with a wide range of experience, Health Care Assistants, an Assistant Practitioner and Clinical Apprentices. We also have a Modern Housekeeper and two ward receptionists. We are also supported by members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Life on the ward is very fast-paced, and all our nurses are involved in the admissions process, preparation for theatre, recovery and discharge. We offer an excellent preceptorship programme and we have great links with the professional development team. We support all our staff in their professional development.

We are a friendly welcoming team who will help you grow, develop and guide you to become a confident, knowledgeable and valued member of our team.