Fracture Clinic

The service provides outpatient fracture clinics on four sites - Altnagelvin hospital, Omagh Hospital and PCC, South West Acute hospital (SWAH) and Causeway hospital. Most patients with more complex fractures may need to attend the clinic at Altnagelvin initially to ensure continuity of care and timeliness of appointments.

Patients who attend the clinics are referred from local emergency departments (ED), and some attend fracture clinic following an inpatient admission for surgery/treatment for their injury or condition.

Patients attending the clinics will often need to be seen by the surgeons, nurses and radiographers. Often casts may be changed or removed, x-rays taken, or advice regarding mobilisation given. For this reason patients should expect to be at the clinic for 1-2 hours.

As space is limited it is advised that only one relative accompany a patient into clinic.  If children are coming to have wires examined/removed – capol or equivalent may be given prior to coming to appointment.  More information on ‘K’ Wire removal can be found here. Wheelchairs are available at the entrance of Out Patients Department if needed for your hospital attendance.

Some patients with more minor fractures/injuries will be discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) or Urgent Care and Treatment Centre (UCTC). They should receive written and verbal information regarding their condition and aftercare. These leaflets are available here. If patients require advice regarding the management of their fracture or advice about their cast etc they can call Fracture Clinic: 028 7161 1166 (8.45am until 4.45pm, Mon to Fri) or for out of hours please contact your local ED / UCTC.

Baby Hip Screening and Clinic

Baby hip clinics run every Wednesday. Here all babies deemed 'at risk' will be screened for hip abnormalities. An ultrasound or X-Ray will  be carried out and a clinical examination.  Subsequently follow up appointments and treatement can be arranged. More information on baby hip health, can be found by clicking here