GP extended access

Evening and weekend appointments are available from October 2018 at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital for patients who are registered with the following GP practices: 

  • Monday: 6:30 - 8pm
  • Tuesday: 6:30 - 8pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30 - 8pm
  • Thursday: 6:30 - 8pm
  • Friday: 6:30 - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday: 9am - 1pm

You can see a GP, Nurse or Health Care Assistant for many of the routine appointments you would normally have at your GP surgery.

Appointments must be booked in advance through your own GP practice.

Our address is:

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Bristol Road South
Northfield
Birmingham
B31 2AP

If travelling by car

If arriving by car please enter the hospital at Gate C. Parking is free of charge, but please use the spaces signed for GP patients

If travelling by public transport or bicycle

For information on possible routes for travelling to the Hospital by bus, train or metro, please visit the Network West Midlands Journey Planner. A cycle shelter is provided outside the Main Entrance to the Hospital accessed via the Gate C entrance. Information on cycling routes can be found here and walking routes at www.walkit.com

Parking is provided free of charge to GP patients. Parking spaces have been allocated at the main entrance of the hospital. Enter at Gate C and park on the left hand side.

Enter the main reception area and go the reception desk on the right. Please speak to our reception team, they will check you in and show you where to wait.

There are lots of pharmacies in Northfield close to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Alternatively, visit your local pharmacy or have your prescription sent by Electronic Prescription.

 

Ward 11 Information

We realise that this may be the first time you and your child have been in hospital and that you may be a long way from home. We hope the information on this website will answer some of your questions and allay some anxieties.

The ward is divided into two sections: one end for children under 12 years and the other for children 12 years and above. There are six side rooms which are allocated according to need.

There is also a Teenage Cancer Trust area on Ward 11 which you can find out more about here.


X-rays and Scans

A large number of patients attending The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital will require x-rays or scans to be taken as part of their treatment. This helps the Consultants to make a diagnosis and decide on the correct treatment for you.

An X-ray is like having a picture taken and shows us your bones. It does not hurt.

A CT scan is when a special x-ray examination is performed. You have to lie on a table which is moved into a small tunnel whilst the x-ray films are taken. The information obtained is interpreted by a computer which can give pictures from different angles and in more detail than a normal x-ray.

An MRI scan is when pictures are taken using magnetic resonance. You have to lie on a couch that moves into a tunnel. You need to lie as still as possible whilst the pictures are being taken. You might hear a loud drumming noise.  It does not hurt to have an MRI scan taken.

Transition

Transition is a coordinated process of transferring adolescents from the Children’s Service to the adult service within the ROH.

All children with complex care needs and chronic illness who attend the Children’s clinics under the care of whichever Consultant at the ROH will eventually need to transfer to the adult services when they reach the age of 18 -19 years of age. The process of helping young people move from the familiarity of the Children’s Service to the adult service is called “Transition”. Transition can be a major milestone in the life of the adolescent and their family. They can often feel nervous about the imminent change. Preparation and planning beforehand can help to make the situation easier to cope with. As your child approaches their teenage years we hope to help them with this transition process.

As your child grows up it is important to increase their independence. This includes understanding & managing their condition & increasingly taking more responsibility for self care.

So that your child feels ready to move on we will help them to understand their condition, treatment and follow up. We will encourage them to be more independent and make their own decisions about their health. We will encourage them to go in and see the Doctor on their own. You will have the opportunity to discuss any issues important to you with the Doctor. The main change is we will start to talk more directly to the young people.

The Role of Social Workers on Ward 11

The Social Workers are members of the multi-disciplinary team working on Ward 11.

They are ward based, and currently there are two workers – one who works full time with the Oncology patients, and a part time Social Worker – who works with the Orthopaedic patients.

Their role is to advise and support patients and their families on issues relating to treatment, – both on practical and emotional levels. They can also liaise and mediate with outside agencies as appropriate, and other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding discharge arrangements.

Support can be given following discharge in some cases.

The Social Workers’ priority is to enable the whole treatment process to progress as smoothly as possible, – giving families the opportunity to talk through and resolve problems.  Although social workers cannot guarantee to solve every problem, they may be able to point families in the direction of someone who can!