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Resources for clinicians

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If you would like to chat with one of our Orthopaedic Oncology speacialists, please contact us via 0121 685 4314. To view our list of orthopaedic oncology consultants with details of how to refer to them, click here

Resources for clincians

Soft tissue sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (England/wales/N. Ireland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist he
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Bone sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (Scotland)
Sarcoma UK’s gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of bone sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist health services.
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Soft tissue sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (Scotland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma  and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist h
Download (170.47 kb)

Bone sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (England/Wales/N. Ireland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist health services for diagnosis and treatment.
Download (176.18 kb)

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 6 July 2016

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 6 July 2016 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

        

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Work experience

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Felix Kai, a student at Kings Edwards School, joined the Communications Team here at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital for a work experience placement. Felix wrote an excellent article about his experience here and shares his thoughts on the benefits of volunteering.

We've been shortlisted for an award!

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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is shortlisted in the Patient Safety Awards for Cancer Care

The unique one-stop-shop cancer clinic run by the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

Due to its national profile as a specialist centre for treating bone cancers, patients come from across the country to receive expert help.  The unit prides itself on offering all oncology patients an efficient service, regardless of where they come from in the UK. The one-stop-shop cancer clinic allows patients to have scans, biopsies, results and consultations all on one day, reducing stress and the need for frequent long distance travel. This is a prime example of putting patients at the heart of their medical care, and ensuring that their needs are prioritised at all times.

Because of the seriousness of some of the condition, and the distances some patients need to travel, each appointment needs to be efficient in order to:

  • Maximise the speed at which the tumour can be identified and the patient provided with a treatment plan.
  • Minimise stress upon the patient, who will naturally be fearful of the results of tests.
  • Reduce the need for regular travel to a hospital which may be several hours from home at a time of stress and trauma.

A patient recently wrote:

“I was referred to the ROH after a CT scan at my local hospital showed what was thought to be bone cancer. I received an appointment within a week and was put at ease the moment I stepped through the door.

“My consultant put my mind to rest immediately by telling me they were almost 100 per cent sure it was a haemangioma, and not cancer, but would like to do a bone biopsy to confirm it.

“Although relieved, I was a bit apprehensive about the biopsy, but again, they reassured me that it would be under a general anaesthetic and I wouldn't feel a thing. I was sent for my pre-op tests there and then.”

The award shortlisting comes on the back of a successful visit by our oncology surgeons to the European Musculo-skeletal Oncology Society Conference 2016, where the team made 15 presentations, and won second prize for a paper on Ewings Sarcoma.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester next month.

We need two Non-Executive Directors

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The ROH are seeking two new Non-Executive Directors, one with a strong commercial and partnership-working background and a further offering clinical experience and/or an academic skillset to join our high-performing and ambitious Board. As a Non-Executive Director at the ROH, you will bring experience at Board level in complex organisations and need to demonstrate strong influencing skills, the ability to challenge and hold others to account. You will play a leading role in setting the Trust’s strategic direction, improving Trust performance and promoting the highest standards of probity and governance. Most importantly you will share our focus on ensuring the users of our services are always our first priority.
 
This is an exciting time to join us as we continue on our five year strategic journey towards our vision to be the first choice for orthopaedic care. If you'd like to find out more, please visit our vacancies page.

Non-Executive Directors

The ROH are seeking two new Non-Executive Directors, one with a strong commercial and partnership-working background and a further offering clinical experience and/or an academic skillset to join our high-performing and ambitious Board. As a Non-Executive Director at the ROH, you will bring experience at Board level in complex organisations and need to demonstrate strong influencing skills, the ability to challenge and hold others to account. You will play a leading role in setting the Trust’s strategic direction, improving Trust performance and promoting the highest standards of probity and governance. Most importantly you will share our focus on ensuring the users of our services are always our first priority.

This is an exciting time to join us as we continue on our five year strategic journey towards our vision to be the first choice for orthopaedic care

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments are made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve and we particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities and disabled people who we know are under-represented in non executive roles.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to Mrs Jane Colley, PA to the Chairman, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2AP, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The closing date for indications of interest in the Non-Executive Director role is Friday 8 July 2016.

Statement on cancelled procedures

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UPDATE: We are pleased to inform that all of of our Theatres are operating as normal. Patients who have operations cancelled last week are being contacted and offered new appointments. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have a query about this issue, please contact 0121 685 4354 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust takes infection prevention very seriously. Evidence demonstrates that we have some of the lowest rates of infections compared to other Trusts because we actively support all patients after surgery and have dedicated monitoring around infection prevention. Our award winning Infection Prevention Team is one of the most well regarded in the UK.

During April 2016 our Infection Prevention team noted a subtle rise in surgical site infections, which while small, was higher than we expect. They immediately began to investigate these cases and found no common cause for this rise.

We conform to all national requirements for cleanliness and maintenance of all equipment and environment. However, as a precautionary measure over the weekend (4 - 5 June), we undertook an additional deep clean all of our ten operating theatres.

During this deep clean, we discovered a potential issue with our air filtration system. After expert advice we were informed this presents no risk.

We have undertaken a specialist cleaning process of our entire air filtration system and theatres. This specialist cleaning process is always routinely followed by plate testing, which will be complete in the coming days.  We anticipate that all of our ten operating theatres will be open as normal on Monday 13 June.

Unfortunately, 187 patient procedures have been rescheduled as a result of this decision. We have contacted every patient personally and offered them the earliest appointment possible. We understand the inconvenience that this causes and we only ever cancel procedures if absolutely necessary. Patient safety is our highest priority. We take a proactive approach to dealing with any issue that we consider could potentially compromise patient safety. Cancelling procedures is always a difficult decision to make, but we believe it is the right decision in this case.

Support

We have contacted all patients affected by this issue. If anyone requires further support, please contact 0121 685 4354 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safety at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

We want to reassure you that our hospital is a very safe place to be a patient. Evidence proves that our infection rates are lower than other Trusts.

  • Our surgical site infection rates are low and have consistently reduced since 2009
  • We have one of the lowest rates in the country, just 0.2% compared to a national average of 2-5%.
  • We haven't had a case of MRSA bacteremia in our Trust since 2008.

The Wound Care Helpline

If you have received surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and have any concerns about your wound, please contact our dedicated Wound Care Helpline on 0121 685 4354.

 

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 1 June 2016

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2016 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
         
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.
Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960
Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2016 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

         

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

A huge happy Nurses' Day 2016!

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Nurses’ Day takes place on 12 May each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It’s a chance to celebrate the remarkable difference nursing staff around the world make every day. It’s also a time for patients to thank nursing staff for their dedication and care.

We're incredibly proud of our ROH nursing staff. It’s easy to forget what an amazing job they do every day. The work isn’t always glamorous, it’s challenging and at times, emotionally draining. But despite that, our nurses at ROH are always caring, always compassionate and always put the needs of others before themselves. You are inspiring and you deserve a huge thank you!

To recognise their fantastic work and dedication, we're running a stall in the main entrance of our Outpatients Department to tell our nurses and our patients just how much we value them. There will be lots of cake, a poster display created by our nursing teams, wards and departments and an opportunity to write a personal thank you to a nurse. We’re also unveiling a special photography portrait exhibition featuring some of our own fabulous ROH nurses.

View our 'Portrait of a Nurse' photo exhibition here

We want to say a huge thank you to our nursing staff. This video, created by the Royal College of Nursing captures how we feel and how so many of our patients feel. From all of us, thank you.