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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust has been the first choice for GPs referring patients for a long time. Here’s why:

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is the oldest orthopaedic institution in the UK and one of the largest units of its kind in Europe. We are a small, specialist teaching hospital offering planned orthopaedic surgery delivered by specialist teams, including surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, radiologists, pathologists, occupational therapists and all the other clinical professionals who look after patients with bone and joint disorders. Click here to see our list of consultants with their specialism and referral information

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital offers world leading services and has been at the forefront of orthopaedics for almost 200 years. We offer effective and expedient routine orthopaedic surgery alongside very specialist work in oncology, paediatrics and spinal services. Our consultants are among some of the very best in their fields as evidenced by their pioneering work and commitment to research.

Patient care and safety
Because we specialise in elective orthopaedic surgery, we take infection very seriously. Our infection rates are much lower than the national average, particularly for joint replacements. When you refer patients to us you can be assured that they will be cared for by our multidisciplinary team who provide a patient-centred, safe and compassionate package of care.

Innovative services you might not expect...

As well as our routine arthroplasty, complex spinal and world leading oncology services, we offer an innovative range non-surgical services: 

Functional Restoration Programme (FRP)

FRP aims to train patients with persistent pain to become experts at managing their pain and improving their function and quality of life. FRP is built on a substancial evidence base and is delivering excellent results. Find out more here.

Sports Injury Clinic

Our Sports Injury Clinic is a quick and effective way for people with sports related injuries and issues to be treated. It's a free NHS service, built by an expert multi-disciplinary team with experience in dealing with a range of complex sports related injuries. Referral is easy and appointments are offered quickly, so patient satisfaction with this service is high. Find out more here.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Direct Access Service

Our Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Direct Access Service has been designed around the needs of patients and GPs. Our specialists offer a quick and efficient service with excellent access, accurate results and a quick turnaround from request to report. Find out more here.

How to refer

Choose and Book

The Choose and Book system is an easy and quick way to book first appointments for patients for the majority of the services we offer. The online system offers flexibility in choosing dates and times which are convenient for the patient and provides the patient assurance that the appointment has been secured. Choose and Book referrals allow you to direct the referral to the most appropriate team or individual with the shortest waiting time.

Traditional referral letter

If you prefer to refer via a traditional letter, we've made it as easy as possible for you to find the right consultant for your patient.

Click here to see our list of consultants with their specialism and referral information.

When your referral arrives at our Trust, it will be assessed and then arrangements will be made for the patient to be seen by the most appropriate Clinician, Registrar, Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Extended Scope Practitioner with the shortest waiting time.

Satellite Clinics: care closer to home

We support care closer to home. Our patients can benefit from the expertise of our orthopaedic consultants closer to where they live. Our satelite clinics operate around Birmingham and are available via the Choose & Book Directory of Services. We run satelite clinics in Knowle, Solihull, Shirley, Sparkbrook, Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Sutton Coldfield.

Self-referral services

We offer self-referral for physiotherapy patients. The benefits of self-referral include:

  • saving time for you and your patients
  • reducing waiting times
  • improving attendance levels at appointments
  • empowering patients to manage their condition

Click here to find out more about our physiotherapy services

Oncology referrals

Please be aware that with effect from Wednesday 1st March 2017, the Oncology Service at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital no longer accepts fax referrals.

All oncology referrals should be emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

This email address uses secure NHS net protocols, making it safe to send patient sensitive information and you will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your referral.

Click here to download the Referral form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Failure to include a completed form or correct information may result in a delay.

GPs should continue to use the Choose & Book system (e-referrals) for urgent two week wait patients. (The email process above is for tertiary and non-urgent referrals).


If you have any questions, please contact:

  • 0121 685 4152 ext. 55995
  • 0121 685 4049 ext. 55595

Spinal Oncology Referral

If you need to make a Spinal Oncology Referral, please use this referral form: Spinal Oncology Referral Form