Trauma and orthopaedics


The trauma and orthopaedics department at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is a multidisciplinary team staffed by consultant surgeons, surgical staff, dedicated nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The service provides consultation and treatment for all general orthopaedic ailments, and benefits from a consultant body with established interests in the sub-specialist areas of upper limb surgery, complex shoulder surgery, hand surgery, hip replacement, revision hip replacement, knee replacement, revision knee replacement, complex knee ligament reconstruction, surgery for degenerative conditions of the knee, foot and ankle surgery, spinal surgery and paediatric orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic trauma is managed with assessment of patients in the out-patient fracture clinics and following urgent admission via accident and emergency at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. The department works closely with other specialities within the trust; in particular there are close links with the rheumatology and haemophilia departments.

For planned orthopaedic surgery, the Royal Free London is part of the North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Network. The network has been created to improve the care offered to patients. It is based on partnership working between hospital trusts.

Working together in this way means patients can receive timely, high-quality care. Clinicians from across hospitals will work together as a single team, have joint training and education, and hospitals can share their facilities, opening up access to more dedicated beds and operating theatres. You can find out more about the network, and what this means for your care here.

The department is fully recognised for the training of specialists in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. Consultants also participate as examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons and the medical school. There are also formal teaching associations with the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London.


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Find your ward

  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ  


    Enquiries: 020 8216 4975


    Virtual fracture clinic enquiries: 020 8216 4445

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway
    EN2 8JL


    Enquiries: 020 8370 2588

  • Cheshunt Community Hospital

    King Arthur Court
    EN8 8XN

  • Edgware Community Hospital

    Burnt Oak Broadway
    HA8 0AD


    Enquiries: 020 8952 2381

  • Finchley Memorial Hospital

    Granville Rd
    N12 0JE

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Clinic 14, ground floor
    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG


    Enquiries: 020 7794 0500 ext 34044

    Virtual fracture clinic enquiries: 020 7472 6222


Referral details

Referrals are welcome by a letter from the GP to the orthopaedic consultants. Electronic referrals from a GP may be made through the e-referral service. Fracture clinic appointments may be made by referral from our accident and emergency departments, urgent care centres or by a faxed letter from the GP.

Please post/fax referrals to our central appointments team:

Central appointments, Royal Free London
8th floor
Civic Centre
Silver Street

Fax: 020 8375 1977

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