Expert Nursing for Orthopaedic Conditions
The Fortius nursing team is highly experienced in the care of orthopaedic conditions and offers triage services for everyone treated by our consultants.
Your nurse will tell you what to expect following trauma, injury, surgery or other treatments. The nursing team works in a fully equipped treatment room enabling them to provide pre and post-operative care and to perform minor procedures.
The team treats a wide range of issues associated with musculoskeletal conditions including:
- Wound care
- Fitting of supports, braces and crutches
- Application of bone healing devices
- Plaster cast removal
- Phlebotomy (Bloods)
- MRSA swabbing
- ECG scans
- Joint injections
With considerable experience in treating an array of orthopaedic wounds, from trauma to post-operative, our nurses will explain what to expect during recovery, show you how to care for your wound, apply vacuum pump dressings, remove stitches, staples and steristrips and change bandages.
The nursing team will see you two weeks after surgery, but they can be contacted directly on 0845 853 1000 beforehand if you have any concerns. You may be asked to send a photo of your wound to help determine the best course of action. If your query is urgent and the nursing department is closed, please contact the hospital from which you were discharged, or visit your local A&E.
Fitting of supports, braces and crutches
The Fortius nursing team will be involved in fitting any required aids, including a wide selection of shoulder slings, immobilisation boots, knee braces and wrist braces.
Application of bone healing devices
Fortius nurses also work with the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System. This is a fracture healing treatment that uses low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) technology.
Plaster cast removal
The nursing team supports patients in the removal of plaster casts, and assist consultants in the reapplication of casts.
Where blood samples are required, the nursing team will take these from patients and send them off for analysis and testing.
An MRSA swab test is taken before any operation. The nurse uses a cotton bud to take a sample of bacteria from the inside of your nose for laboratory testing.
A pre-operative ECG may be recommended to record the activity of your heart. Metal electrodes are attached to your skin and connected to the ECG machine for this non-invasive test.
Injection techniques are helpful for diagnosis and therapy in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Fortius nurses perform a range of diagnostic injections and local anesthetics for pain relief and assist the radiology consultants with the delivery of ultrasound guided corticosteroid injections.