The Orthogeriatric service provides integrated medical care to older patients who have sustained a fractured hip or other fragility fracture and been admitted under the Trauma and Orthopaedic team. Input can also be provided to elective patients and other trauma patients as requested.
Orthogeriatrics is part of the Care of the Elderly department.
Older patients with a fractured hip often have multiple other medical issues requiring careful management during the perioperative period. As well as providing senior medical input to diagnose and treat any acute medical issues, the team liaise with surgeons and anaesthetists around timing of surgery, and perform detailed falls and osteoporosis assessments. If outpatient follow-up or onward referral for further investigation of medical issues is required this can be arranged.
Following surgery the consultant led multidisciplinary team (including doctors, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dieticians) work together to improve patient outcomes. They provide early rehabilitation to improve mobility and strength, and start to plan for a safe and supported discharge from hospital.
The Orthogeriatric team are located on ward D43, Hylton Road Block at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Ward D43 0191 5699743
The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) is a national audit collecting data on the care received by patients who sustain a hip fracture. The website contains useful information about hip fracture care, as well as information on how City Hospitals Sunderland performs when compared to other hospitals.