Orthopaedics

The Barts Health Orthopaedic Service cares for patients each year from across London, Essex and the rest of the country.

Our team is highly specialised in every aspect of orthopaedic health - from routine hip and knee replacements to more complex, delicate spinal surgery and traumatic injuries. The Freeman hip and knee replacement procedure was developed at our centre in the 1980s, and this is now used around the world.

Our services are based at:

  • Newham University Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital

Why choose us

We conduct medical research to ensure that we provide the most advanced and successful treatments for our patients. Working closely with the Barts Health School of Medicine and Dentistry, we are investigate new therapies and novel approaches for the diagnosis, classification and treatment of orthopaedic conditions.

We are internationally recognised for our research and in particular, our research into innovative implants used in orthopaedics.

Our team of leading specialists is committed to providing individualised care, finding the most suitable and appropriate treatment for every patient based on sound medical techniques.

We’re passionate about making our patients better and giving them a better quality of life and this website provides an insight into our services and expertise.

For patients

The orthopaedics department provides consultation and treatment for all general orthopaedic ailments and benefits from consultants with expertise in the sub-specialist areas of upper limb surgery, complex shoulder surgery, hand surgery, hip replacement (conventional and resurfacing) and revision hip replacement and much more.

Outpatient and fracture clinics

If you have had a recent injury to your limbs or your spine, please go straight to the Emergency Department. If you break a bone in another area and are seen in a different Emergency department, and you have an X-ray or referral letter, then you can ring for an appointment at the fracture clinic.

They will be able to diagnose your injury and give you initial treatment. If you then need to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon, you will be given an appointment to be seen in the next available fracture clinic. Dedicated clinics are run every day and have a plaster room and treatment room. Attendance is by appointment only, however we do see urgent patients referred by the Urgent Care Centre (UUC).

Our fracture clinics are staffed by consultants and our registrars (higher surgical trainee). Plasters are put on and taken off by a team of plaster technicians.

The contact number for The Royal London Fracture Clinic is 0207 3777 000 ext 45804.

Gateway Surgical Centre

Outpatients and operative procedures are performed at the Gateway Surgical Centre (GSC), based at Newham. The site has specific day-case facilities and a dedicated ward for in-patient stay.

Diagnosis and treatment are supported by the expertise of our radiologists. Weekly seminars are held, at which complex trauma and elective orthopaedic cases are discussed. Imaging facilities include a state-of-the-art film-less, digital image transfer and viewing system (PACS).

Patients coming to the Gateway Surgical Centre for a knee or hip replacement are given the opportunity to visit the facilities and meet staff who will be involved in their treatment. This patient education scheme allows patients the opportunity to have all their questions answered and understand the care and rehabilitation support they will receive before being admitted for surgery. The sessions are hosted by a multidisciplinary team so that patients can understand every aspect of their care.

Our support services

In addition to specialist treatments, we provide rehabilitation services that will help to enhance your quality of life. These services are provided by a range of professionals including specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The trauma and orthopaedic physiotherapy service treats patients with musculoskeletal injuries, such as broken bones and soft tissue injuries. The physio team works closely with consultants, nurses and other therapists to co-ordinate patient care.

Our team helps to promote as much independence as possible by improving movement in joints and restoring muscle strength using manual techniques, exercise and movement re-education. The aim is to help patients become as agile as possible.

After an accident or surgery we help patients work towards returning to life outside hospital. Together we agree on the goals patients need to reach in order to achieve this. These goals can range from being able to walk short distances within the home to initiating the early rehabilitation to get patients back doing their favourite sports.

Contact us

Contacting Newham University Hospital

Orthopaedics department
Tel: 0207 363 9022

Outpatients and operative procedures are performed at the Gateway Surgical Centre. The site has specific day-case facilities and a dedicated ward for in-patient stay.

Contacting The Royal London Hospital

Emergency Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastics
Tel: 020 3594 1210 
Fax: 020 3594 0693

Location: Once you have entered the building follow the signs to lift core 5 and take a lift to Ward 12C on the twelfth floor.

Elective Orthopaedic Service
Tel: 020 3594 1010 Reception
Tel: 020 3594 1030 Ward 10F
Fax: 020 3594 2741

Location: Once you have entered the building follow the signs to lift core 5 and take a lift to the 10th floor. You will see signs for Ward 10F.

Fracture clinics
Tel:  020 3594 0163 
Fax: 020 3594 0168

Location: Once you have entered the building follow the signs to lift core 8 and take a lift to the second floor. You will see signs for the Fracture Clinic.

Contacting Whipps Cross University Hospital

Fracture clinics
Tel: 020 8539 5522 ext 4367 
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Location: The fracture clinic is located in Area 5 of the outpatient department in the Yellow Zone.

Tel: 020 8539 5522 ext: 5874 Plaster room 
Tel: 020 8535 6732 Operation waiting list

Orthopaedic clinics, new appointments
Tel: 020 8539 5522 

Orthopaedic clinic, follow up appointments
Tel: 020 8539 5522 ext: 6000 or 5412 or 6017 or 5080

Please call to check or move a follow up appointment.

For clinicians

For all hospital sites, please use the Choose and Book system. Alternatively, referral letters should be sent to:

For referring patients to The Royal London Hospital

Barts Health Orthopaedic Centre, 
The Royal London Hospital, 
Whitechapel, 
London, E1 1BB

Email: appointments@bartshealth.nhs.uk

  • Tel: 020 3594 0163/64 GP helpline in fracture clinic 
  • Tel: 020 3594 0163/64 Outpatients orthopaedic clinic
  • Tel: 020 7377 7000 or 020 7377 7461 For out-of-hours cover contact the duty consultant or registrar via the hospital switchboard
  • Tel: 020 7377 3371 or 020 7377 7085 Senior nurse/modern matron for orthopaedics
  • Tel: 020 3594 1030 Elective Orthopaedic (Ward 10F) 
  • Tel: 020 3594 0684 Trauma Orthopaedic (Ward 12C)
  • Tel: 020 3594 0168  Fracture Clinic
  • Tel: 020 7377 7000 ext 45804 New/Virtual Fracture Clinic
  • Tel: 020 3594 5747 Trauma Coordinators

Fax and answer phone: 020 7377 7302 Orthopaedic department

Urgent referrals can be faxed to the Orthopaedic Department on fax 020 7377 7302.

The department works closely with other health professionals, especially physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and some patients will be seen in the first instance by these specialists.

Requests for advice and guidance can be submitted via Choose and Book or see our dedicated advice and guidance emails on our website. A clinician will respond within three working days.