Trauma and Orthopaedics

We have developed a video which provides a brief overview showing what happens prior to a patient’s admission for elective surgery.

Our Trauma and Orthopaedics brochure which gives you an overview of our services, consultant pen portraits and clinic schedules. Please click here to view our brochure.

Hip and knee joint replacement surgery

This is carried out in modern laminar flow theatres next to the elective ward. The Dudley Group is one of few NHS Trusts offering computer navigation (where appropriate), to assist the surgeon performing hip and knee joint replacements. Whilst this is not essential in all patients, it can help in certain cases. In November 2011 “Which?” magazine reported the Trust as one of the ‘best performers’ in meeting eight best-practice standards for hip and knee surgery.

The Enhanced Recovery Programme commenced over a year ago, focusing on improving patient outcomes, speeding up recovery and decreasing length of stay after surgery. We provide consultant nurse-led hip & knee classes that educate patients about to undergo joint replacement surgery.

All elective patients are admitted to a ‘ring fenced’ elective orthopaedic ward and this non-emergency service is supported by a 24/7 acute trauma service which deals with the full range of fracture work accommodating any acute and urgent orthopaedic conditions.

The Dudley Group is part of the Birmingham & Black Country Trauma Network and is a designated Trauma Unit. There are daily consultant-led and delivered trauma operating lists in a dedicated trauma theatre. We also have Monday to Friday fracture clinics supporting emergency department patients.

We currently achieve significantly better results than the national neck of femur targets. In August 2012, our average time for patients to have their operation was 23 hours compared to the national target of 72 hours and our average time for orthogeriatric assessment was 29 hours compared to the national target of 72 hours. We are one of the top 5 hospitals nationally for neck of femur surgery aftercare.

Elective Orthopaedic Procedures

What do I need to bring?

1. Medicines

Please bring the following medicines with you during your stay in hospital:

  • regularly used medication including tablets, inhalers or creams prescribed by your own doctor
  • medication you buy from your local pharmacy or health food shop
  • a special card with details of any treatment

On many wards there are now safe drug storage lockers by your bed where we will store your medication during your stay. We will remove any old or unwanted medication and add any newly prescribed medication to your locker while you are in hospital.

This all helps to make sure you receive the best care. If you are unable or not willing to bring in your own medication please bring an up-to-date list of all your regular medication so we can ensure the drug chart at the end of your bed is correct. Bringing your own medication into hospital is very helpful and can reduce the time you wait for your tablets prior to discharge.

2. Address and telephone number of next of kin

Please bring a note of the name, address and telephone number of your next of kin or closest friend.

3. Your letter of admission

You will have received this through the post. Please ensure that you call the ward on the day before admission to confirm that a bed is available.

4. Personal Property

Please bring the following items with you:

  • Nightdress/pyjamas
  • Dressing gown
  • Well-fitted slippers/indoor footwear
  • Indoor clothing – essential to undertake post-op exercises
  • Tissues
  • Towels
  • Spectacles, hearing/walking aids etc

5. Single Assessment Folders (SAP)

If you are receiving care and treatment from community and social care staff you may have a Single Assessment Folder (SAP). If so, please bring this to hospital with you.

What NOT to bring with you

Please do not bring the following into hospital with you:

  • Alcohol, tobacco or tobacco products
  • Outdoor clothing
  • TV and radio
  • Money and valuables

Visiting times

  • 14.00-16.00
  • 16.30-20.00

Clinic times

Russells Hall Hospital

  • Monday to Friday – Morning and afternoon

Corbett Hospital Outpatient Centre

  • Monday to Friday – Morning and afternoon

Key staff

Patient information leaflets

Useful information

This service is available at:
  • Russells Hall Hospital
  • Corbett Hospital Outpatient Centre
Where to find us
  • First floor (inpatients), east wing, Russells Hall Hospital
  • Ground floor (outpatients), west wing, Russells Hall Hospital
  • Reception, Corbett Hospital Outpatient Centre
Telephone numbers
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 4690) (Ward B1 Station 1)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 4480) (Ward B1 Station 2)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 2828) (Ward B2 Station 1)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 2132) (Ward B2 Station 2)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 2130) (Ward B2 Station 3)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 4302) (Ward B2 Station 4)

Service details

Clinical directorate
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
Management team
  • Mr Matthew Waites
    Clinical director
  • Alastair Marsh
    Medical service head
Nursing leads
  • Sheree Randall