Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Orthopaedic Trauma

There are eight orthopaedic surgeons in the following subspecialties:

  • upper limb surgery
  • spinal surgery
  • hip surgery
  • knee surgery
  • foot and ankle surgery

There is also a dedicated children’s service.
Orthopaedic trauma is an important part of the department’s work operating on around 1,400 patients every year.  

The department treats approximately 26,000 patients per year in its own dedicated outpatients department which has both general and specialist clinics.

Fracture clinic

The Fracture Clinic is held at the Croydon University Hospital site,  Woodcroft Wing.  Access to this clinic is from Mayday Road.

For more details view the Access Guide for people with reduced mobility or other problems.

Some out-patient clinics will be held at Purley Hospital when refurbishment is complete in the summer of 2013.

The department provides a service for people with major injuries and other orthopaedic emergencies.

Patients are assessed in the Accident & Emergency department and may either be treated in the fracture clinic or if the injuries are more serious admitted to our wards.

We see an average of 80 people a day, many of whom require x-rays and treatment.

We try to keep waits as short as possible, but it may be necessary to fit in urgent cases to the clinic schedule which can cause delays. If this happens you will be told by the clinic nurse or receptionist and we will keep you informed of the length or and reason for any delays.

It may be necessary to arrange further tests, such as X-rays, some of which can be carried out on the day of your appointment so please allow at least two hours for your appointment. 

Some tests will require a further visit to the hospital, you will be informed of this on the day of your appointment by the doctor or clinic nurse.

Please note: The Trust is currently investing money in refurbishing and improvng this area for patients but the fracture clinic is a small area where many patients have plaster casts and crutches, it is therefore advisable not to bring children with you (unless the child is the patient), as the area can become overcrowded.



Once your appointment has been booked with us, you should receive a letter confirming the time, date and location. Please note the hospital you are due to attend may be Croydon University Hospital or Purley War Memorial Hospital.  Please check your appointment letter for the right location.

What do I do if I haven’t received my appointment yet?

Please contact the fracture clerks on 020 8401 3483.

What do I do if I want to change or cancel an appointment?

If you are uncertain about any of this information, or you are unable to keep your appointment, please call the number on your letter or the Patient Access Centre on 020 8401 3001. 

If you wish to cancel your appointment by e-mail you can do so by sending your information to

What should I bring to my appointment? 

  • Your appointment notification letter and any other information that we may have sent you.
  • a list of any medication you are currently taking,  including any alternative remedies or herbal medicines  
  • Your appointment letter may also ask you to bring certain items with you, or you may have a questionnaire to bring to your appointment.  If you require help to fill in your questionnaire, please ask the receptionist on your arrival, who will arrange this for you.
  • information about any change in your personal details, such as a new address, a new GP, or a different next of kin 
  • proof of entitlement to free prescriptions, if applicable (eg unemployment benefit documents, medicalexemption card, or proof you are under 16)

What time should I arrive for my appointment?

Please try to arrive on time for your appointment.  If driving to the hospital you will need to leave enough time to find a parking space. If you arrive late, people who are on time may be seen before you.

We try to keep waits as short as possible, but it may be necessary to fit in urgent cases to the clinic schedule which can cause delays. If this happens you will be told by the clinic nurse or the receptionsit and we will keep you informed of the length of and reason for any delay.

Contact Us

Fracture clerks: 020 8401 3483

Plaster Room: 020 8401 3000 ext 4025

Patient Access Centre on 020 8401 3001.

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Important information for all patients and visitors

Visitors Guide

Outpatient Guide

Inpatient Guide

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