Patient information

Below you'll find useful information for before, during and after your visit. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact the PALS team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accessible Information

We know that not everyone communicates in the same way; for example some people read using braille or need larger print, others will use sign language or audio recordings. We want to communicate with you in a way that meets your needs

Our responsibility

Ask you about your communication needs

When you are first contacted by our hospital you will be asked whether you have any communication needs that we can help with. If for example you require a sign language interpreter for an appointment, we will arrange one for you.

Record those needs clearly and in a set way

We will record communications needs in a clear way so that there is a good process for assisting you.

Highlight in your notes that you have an additional need along with how we can meet your need

We will record your communications needs so that we can prepare properly when you visit us.

With your permission, share information about your needs with other health partners

We will work with our partners to make sure your communication needs are documented and  understood by everyone who cares for you.

Take steps to ensure that people receive information which they can access and understand, and receive communication support if they need it.

We will make sure that the information we create is available in different formats so that we can meet your communications needs.

Tell us about your communications needs

If you want to contact us before you arrive to tell us about your communication needs please call the number on your appointment letter or contact our PALS team:

0121 685 4128

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Find out more about the Accessible Information Standard


This leaflet gives you a comprehensive overview about types of anaesthetics
This leaflet contains information for you and your child
If you would like more anaesthetic information and in greater detail you can download the following leaflets:
This leaflet gives you information about your pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery

This leaflet gives you more detailed information about a General anaesthetic and Sedation

This leaflet gives you more detailed information about:
  • Spinal anaesthetic
  • Epidural anaesthetic
  • Nerve blocks for your arm or leg surgery
The Royal College of Anaesthetists has some patient resources available, which you can access through this page.

Spinal Services and Spinal Deformity


Paediatric spinal surgery statement

Statement from Consultant Spinal Surgeon and Spinal Clinical Lead Mr Mel Grainger:
Here at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital we are one of the few providers of specialist spinal services for children. This means that we receive referrals from all over the country for many children with complex conditions.

Often, due to the complex additional conditions that children with spinal issues often experience, surgery must be undertaken somewhere with a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In this way we can make sure we provide safe and effective care for these patients with very specialised needs. We do not have a PICU at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, so we work closely with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where we undertake this kind of surgery. Children can then be cared for in the PICU there. However, there is naturally a limit in the number of beds on this unit, and often the availability can be unpredictable due to the Children’s Hospital’s role in taking care of emergency cases. This makes scheduling complex spinal surgery difficult, and has led to some delays. This is exacerbated by the fact that demand for this service is growing, and there are a limited number of specialists nationally.

We are working hard as an organisation with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and our commissioners and NHS England to reduce these waits.

Mr Mel Grainger
Consultant Spinal Surgeon and Spinal Clinical Lead

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital


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