NHS Tayside consults on orthopaedic redesign

Monday 29th July 2019

People across Tayside are being asked for their feedback on proposals to better manage planned and emergency bone surgery.

NHS Tayside board members have backed proposals developed by orthopaedic clinicians alongside a mix of other staff and NHS Tayside’s public partners. Now a three month consultation has been launched to get public feedback on the ‘Shaping Orthopaedic Services’ changes.

The preferred option, which separates planned an unplanned surgery, proposes that:

At the moment planned and unplanned operations take place on all three sites.

The board says having consultant-led 24-hours-a-day emergency theatres at Ninewells doing all trauma surgery will mean patients are treated faster.

At the same time, around 400 more planned operations will take place at the dedicated Perth and Stracathro centres with a knock-on reduction in waiting times

NHS Tayside says the current approach is not sustainable in the face of increasing numbers of, often older, people needing treatment.

Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, Sankar Sripada, says the redesigned model offers a more sustainable approach:

“It is vital that services are designed to manage both unplanned trauma care and planned care as effectively as possible to benefit patients and to ensure we use NHS resources in the best way.

“Patient safety and high quality care are our top priorities. The proposed redesign of orthopaedic services will ensure the long-term sustainability of orthopaedic services in NHS Tayside and will improve the quality of care and enhance patient safety.

“Feedback from our communities is vital and we would encourage members of the public to take part in the consultation and share their views on the proposed future plans for orthopaedic services in Tayside.”

Information about the consultation is available at www.transformingtayside.scot.nhs.uk where people are being encouraged to complete an online questionnaire.

Consultation on the Shaping Orthopaedic Services proposal closes at the end of October.