Tayside orthopaedic surgery changes move ahead

Health board looks to streamline planned and unplanned orthopaedic operations

Thursday 15th August 2019

People in Tayside are being asked for their views on plans to simplify where patients are sent for orthopaedic procedures.

NHS Tayside wants to carry out all unplanned orthopaedic surgery at Ninewells hospital in Dundee, leaving Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro hospital to concentrate on planned operations such as hip and knee replacements.

Around 400 additional orthopaedic procedures will be carried out at the two sites.

All patients requiring unplanned trauma procedures will be operated on at Ninewells and then transferred closer to home.  

NHS Tayside is making the move as it has to deal with increasing numbers of older people who are more likely to sustain fractures.

The board hopes simplifying the way planned and unplanned orthopaedic care is carried out will reduce waiting times and save money.

A three-month consultation and a series of public meetings and information sessions has been launched.

While hip and knee replacement solve many of the issues associated with fractures, some patients face long waits in ‘extreme’ pain, researchers from Edinburgh university have found.