Trauma and orthopaedics

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust currently provides a comprehensive Trauma (injury) and Orthopaedic (predominantly Arthritis and Joint Replacement) service to the population of East Kent, which includes fracture clinics and orthopaedic clinics, day case surgery, trauma and inpatient surgery.

The outpatient appointments and procedures are delivered from the Trust’s three main acute sites Kent and Canterbury Hospital (Canterbury), Queen ElizabethQueen Mother Hospital (Margate) and William Harvey Hospital (Ashford) together with four community sites (Folkestone, Dover, Deal and Herne Bay).

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We provide inpatient services at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, William Harvey Hospital and Kent and Canterbury Hospital (planned hip and knee surgery), plus day surgery at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital and William Harvey Hospital.

Activity levels for each of the sites vary but there are ten consultants at Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital and 12 at William Harvey Hospital. All the consultants and their teams are trained  to deal with all types of problem but each team has one or two specialisms.

Specialisms include:

  • Shoulders
  • Hands
  • Spines 
  • Hips and Knees
  • Foot/ankle
  • Paediatrics

The consultants and nursing staff in Trauma & Orthopaedics work very closely with the physiotherapists and occupational therapists, one such initiative is Enhancing Quality. As part of this a Joint School has been established at Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital for patients due to undergo a hip or knee replacement. The joint school prepares the patients for surgery and manages their expectations regarding pain management and length of stay in hospital. A second joint school is due to commence at William Harvey Hospital.

Inpatient facilities / wards

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital

William Harvey Hospital

Kent and Canterbury Hospital


Trauma and Orthopaedics participate in the following national audits – National Joint Registry, Neck of Femur Database, Surgical Site Infection.
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