Orthopaedics  |  Elective Services




Orthopaedics

Elective Services

Orthopaedic referrals are prioritised by Senior Medical Officers based on the information contained within. Additional information should be attached where available. The priorisation tool used to triage referrals can be found below under Access Criteria.

All accepted referrals will be seen within a maximum waiting time of 4 months, unless there is a clinical reason for delay.

Referral acceptance is a follows:

First Specialist Assessments:

Priority 1

Accepted

Priority 2

Accepted

Priority 3

Declined

Priority 3A (Hip/Knee Joints Only)

Accepted

Priority 3B

Accepted

Priority 3S

Declined

Priority 4

Declined 

Priority 5

Declined 


At First Specialist Assessment (FSA), patients are assessed by a specialist and if surgery is required, patients are then prioritised using the National Orthopaedic CPAC tool.  A 0-100 score is allocated to each patient.

Prior to acceptance for surgery, patients are assessed in Anaesthetic preassessment clinic to ensure they are fit for surgery.

All patients accepted for surgery will be treated within a maximum waiting time of 4 months, unless there is a clinical reason for delay.

Surgery acceptance is as follows:

CPAC 60+

Accepted

CPAC 59 and below

Declined

 

Access Criteria

Category

Criteria

Immediate Priority 1

  • Suspected malignancy
  • Disc prolapsed with significant neurological deficit
  • Extreme functional impairment - community living at risk
  • Trauma not requiring immediate intervention
  • Major risk of permanent disability through delay

Urgent Priority 2

  • Severe functional impairment - requiring considerable assistance ADL
  • Severe pain - sleep regularly disturbed, poor analgesic control
  • Serious congenital condition in infants
  • Significant risk of permanent disability through delay
  • Employment seriously restricted

Semi Urgent Priority 3

 

 

Subset:


Priority 3A

 

Priority 3B

 

Priority 3S

  • Moderate functional impairment - some assistance required ADL
  • Moderate pain - some sleep disturbance, modest analgesic control
  • Moderate risk of permanent disability through delay
  • Employment maintained
  • Rapidly progressive deformities

 

 

 

  • Osteoarthritis of major joints (Hip/Knee/Wrist/Elbow/Shoulder/Ankle)

 

  • Patients suitable for Mega clinic only ie Carpal tunnels, trigger  finger etc

 

  • Lower priority referrals requiring special consideration due to the nature of the patient's condition.

Routine Priority 4

  • Mild/moderate functional impairment - no restriction of leisure activity no assistance for ADL
  • Mild/moderate/episodic pain - satisfactory analgesic control
  • Low risk of permanent disability through delay
  • Employment being maintained
  • Slowly progressive deformities

Low Priority Priority 5

  • No/minimal functional impairment - no restriction of leisure activity no assistance for ADL
  • No/minimal/episodic pain - analgesics seldom required
  • No/minimal risk of permanent disability through delay


Last updated : Thursday, September 27, 2018
Next review date : Friday, September 27,2019


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