Our Services A - Z - Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
About the service
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trauma and Orthopaedic department provides a comprehensive trauma and elective service, that diagnoses and treats conditions and disorders of bones, limbs and joints, dealing with any pain or damage, especially fractures. Our team of highly skilled 13 Orthopaedic consultants provides a wide range of high quality elective (planned) and non-elective (trauma) procedures.
Services and treatment at the Trust include:
- Hip and Knee replacements, keyhole surgery
- Upper limb ( Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand)
- Lower Limb (Foot and ankle)
- Sports medicine
- 24 hour on-call service for all trauma cases
- Joint School
- CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound scanning facilities
Our team works across both Whiston and St Helens Hospital providing day case, inpatient and outpatient services. We run the following clinics for children and adults:
- Fracture Clinics including plaster room service at Whiston Hospital
- Orthopaedic elective clinics as St Helens
- Specialist arthroplasty clinics across sites
- Physiotherapy clinics across sites
- Dressing clinics at Whiston Hospital
- Trauma Service
We provide a comprehensive orthopaedic trauma service via our Accident and Emergency Department and, with the assistance of the Plastic Surgery Unit, offer a limb reconstruction service.
Orthopaedic Trauma Nurse Specialists
The Role of the Trauma Nurse Specialists:- There are currently 2 Specialist Nurses in post. Responsibilities include:-
- Co-ordination of Trauma Admissions
- Monitoring Care of Trauma Patients and their specific needs on a daily basis
- Lead in coordination of the multi professional team in developing plans of care and management of trauma patients
- Dedicated focus to improve patient pathway for fractured neck of femur patients and Injured Patients awaiting placement at Specialist Injury Units.
- Provide a point of contact for trauma patients and their families waiting admission and during their inpatient stay.
- Involved in ongoing data collection for Audit purposes to monitor performance
- Joint School
We run a Joint School for all our joint replacement patients - this gives patients and their relatives the opportunity to fully understand the pathway they will follow and what they can expect to happen throughout their journey
Patients having planned orthopaedic surgery will be supported in their recovery by the Elective Orthopaedic Therapy Team.
The multidisciplinary therapy team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants, based on site, provide a seven-day service to patients undergoing a range of surgeries including upper and lower limb joint replacements, arthroscopies, shoulder, hand, foot and ankle surgery.
They work closely with the orthopaedic consultants and nursing team providing therapy intervention on the elective orthopaedic ward.
Treatment for patients due to undergo total hip and total knee replacements commences ahead of the operation. The therapists endeavour to contact all patients prior to admission to carry out a baseline assessment of their current function, prepare and educate them regarding admission, surgery and post-op rehabilitation and establish any need for equipment provision.
They work with patients aiming for a length of stay of one to four days for patients undergoing joint replacements and also provide an accelerated rehabilitation recovery programme. Each patient is assessed and an agreed treatment plan aims to provide functional goal led intervention, enabling independent mobility, self-care activities and ensuring a timely patient-centred discharge from the ward.
- About the Team
Consultant ProfilesMiss Danielle Wharton
Mr Kiran Saldanha
Mr Manickam Rathinam
Mr Matthew Cartwright-Terry
Mr Mohan Krishna Pullagura
Mr Nicholas Emms
Mr. Nicholas Howard
Mr Ravindra Gudena
Mr Stephen Lipscombe
Mr. Ravikumar Pydisetty
Mr Samer Morgan
Mr Chetan Jakaraddi
The trauma and Orthopaedic department is comprised of highly experienced consultants and doctors supported by the nursing team, physiotherapists, theatre staff and support teams.
Divisional Medical Director – Surgical care group: Mr J McCabe
Clinical Director – Mr N Emms
Deputy Clinical Director- Mr R Gudena
Directorate Manager - Craig Downes
Consultant Lower Limb and Trauma surgeons:
Our consultants provide a comprehensive primary hip and knee replacement service for all patients. To provide the appropriate treatment for patients different types of replacements are used, including hip resurfacing and partial knee replacement. Our specialists are skilled in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and hip as well as early and late soft tissue reconstruction, including ACL reconstruction, with many of these procedures being carried out as day-cases.
Mr N Emms
Mr R Gudena
Mr R Pydisetty
Mr C Jakaraddi
Mr M Cartwright- Terry
Mr N Howard
Consultant foot, ankle and Trauma Surgeons:
Foot & Ankle surgery we provide a service dealing with all foot and ankle conditions and offering, amongst other treatments, arthroscopic and replacement surgery in addition to complex limb reconstruction surgery.
Mr J Sanchez- Ballester
Mr K Saldanha
Mr S Morgan
Consultant Upper Limb and Trauma Surgeons:
We offer a highly specialised upper limb and hand surgery service supported by our physiotherapists and occupational therapists trained to offer high quality post-operative care and rehabilitation. Our consultants perform replacements of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. They perform both simple and complex replacement surgery of the shoulder, tailoring the replacement to the particular needs of the patient. Our surgeons perform arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, carpal tunnel release, ganglion removal, repair of hand tendons, and surgery for dupuytren’s contracture and treatment for trigger finger release.
Mr S Lipscombe
Mr M Pullagura
Mr M Rathinam
Miss D Wharton
Nursing, AHP and Management Team:
Craig Downes- Directorate Manager
Lynn Ashurst – Matron
Caroline Roberts – Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist
Paula Brown – Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist
Lyndsay Hamlet – Ward Manager – Ward 3Alpha
Gillian Molloy – Ward Manager – Ward 3B
Emma Lubertino - Ward 3E
Mickey McDonald – Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner
Elizabeth Macauley – Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner
Paula Stritch – Surgical Care Practitioner
Whiston- Fracture Clinic, Level 1, Yellow Floor
Ward 3Alpha, 3B, 3C Level 3, Green floor
St Helens- Ground Floor, Yellow Zone
- Contact Details
For general appointment enquiries call 0515 430 1234
For ward enquires at Whiston hospital call 0151 426 1600
For outpatient enquires at St Helens Hospital call 01744 646 461 and ask to be put through to your consultants secretary.
- Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Patient Film
Page last updated on 19th May 2022