Providing Fair Access
As a specialist neuro-musculoskeletal hospital, the RNOH treats patients from all over the UK and has seen an increasing number of referrals from both hospital consultants and GPs. Less complex care and treatment, such as primary hip and knee replacement, is provided for patients living locally. Patients travelling from further a field come to us for very specialised treatments such as bone tumours, spinal injuries, complex joint revisions, peripheral nerve injury and scoliosis.

The RNOH continues to support other NHS Trusts in maintaining patient access and reducing waiting times and works with Health Authorities and Primary Care Groups in developing referral protocols for GPs.

Offering Flexible Delivery of Services
RNOH continues to develop close working relationships with GPs and hospital professionals in delivering outreach clinics in GP surgeries and other hospital settings. This website will also be used as a means of communicating and facilitating positive working relationships with healthcare professionals.
We are also continuing to develop Telemedicine as a clinical tool for our spinal injury and other services, following on from our work on Telemedicine in Rheumatology. The benefits of Telemedicine include less travelling and inconvenience to patients and ease of advice and support for other healthcare professionals in hospitals and primary care.

Purchasers and Commissioners
We are committed to providing services which are responsive to the needs of our commissioners. The Trust provides orthopaedic care for patients across the UK and has 65 service level agreements with purchasing Health Authorities and consortiums.

Commissioners needing further information about our services and performance standards should contact Performance & Planning on 020 8909 5579.

Where Our Patients Come From by Region

Region 2003/04 2004/05
London 51% 51%
South 16% 16%
North 1% 1%
Midlands and East 30% 30%
Other 2% 2%
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