The Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery provides on-call trauma and fracture care for a catchment area of approximately 400,000 people, catering for simple and complex trauma.
The department is a tertiary referral centre for major trauma, particularly those that involve vascular and soft tissue injuries requiring vascular and plastic surgery reconstruction in addition to their orthopaedic injuries.
The department also provides elective services for patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues requiring reconstruction or joint replacement. We work closely with the National Coagulation Centre for the care of patients with bleeding disorders and musculoskeletal complaints.
We do not perform any spinal surgery in St James’s Hospital.
Please ask your GP to forward an electronic Healthlink referral to the Orthopaedic Department (and specify a named consultant, if appropriate) to request an Orthopaedic or Fracture Clinic appointment.
For emergencies, please attend your nearest Emergency Department.
Please specify the relevant body part (or named consultant if appropriate).
Please feel free to contact us to discuss any particularly difficult cases.
The Virtual Trauma Assessment Clinic is part of a national programme to redesign the traditional face to face fracture clinic model.
Following attendance in the Emergency Department patients may be referred to the Virtual Trauma Assessment Clinic for an orthopaedic opinion. Patients do not need to attend the hospital for this assessment to take place.
An orthopaedic consultant will review a patient’s x-rays and notes to determine what treatment is needed. A physiotherapist will contact the patient by phone to discuss treatment and management.
Phone: 087 1989980 (1.30-2.30pm Tuesday and 11-12pm on Friday)
More information is available at orthotac.ie
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, second floor, main hospital building
The Orthopaedic Elective and Fracture Clinics, Suite 6, main Outpatient Department