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Freeman Hospital

Telephone: (0191) 233 6161
Address: Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE7 7DN
Website: http://www.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 148 ratings for this hospital


This Department is managed by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Elective Orthopaedics, Musculo Skeletal Service, Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN
0191 223 1109

Orthopaedic, Trauma and Spinal Surgery, Musculo Skeletal Service, Level 4, Claremont Wing, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP
0191 233 6161


Our orthopaedics services are brought together in the Northern Centre for Orthopaedics, an advanced regional centre for the treatment of bone, joint and cartilage related conditions.  We are one of the top units in the UK providing expert, personal care for orthopaedic disorders in both adults and children.

We also provide a comprehensive range of orthopaedic surgery, including:

  • hip, knee, ankle and elbow replacements
  • foot, ankle, wrist, hand and elbow surgery
  • spinal surgery

Our highly skilled spinal surgeons have an international reputation for their groundbreaking work on complex conditions, such as spinal scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and spinal tumours. As well as the technical clinical expertise of our surgeons, we have a Macmillan clinical nurse to provide you and your carers with all the guidance and support you need.

Similarly, our upper and lower limb joint replacement and joint resurfacing (arthroplasty) programmes are among the most advanced and safest in the country, with very low post-operative complication rates. In addition, we provide unique treatments for complicated foot and ankle disorders.

If you’re coming in to hospital for a planned (elective) orthopaedic operation, we have four dedicated wards at the Freeman Hospital and the RVI with specially trained staff to facilitate speedy recovery. One of these is specifically for younger patients up to 19 years old, who often require longer post-surgery recovery and specialist care - this is Ward 10 in the Great North Children's Hospital.

For emergency cases, we run an orthopaedic trauma service at the RVI, working closely with the Emergency department. We also run a Fracture Clinic at RVI to review your progress if you’ve been treated for a bone related injury.

Finally, if you’re one of the 70% of adults who suffer from back pain at some stage in your life, we provide a fast-track back pain service in our Musculo Skeletal Outpatient Department to help minimise your discomfort and disruption.


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The following table shows staffing levels on wards that provide this service.

Where wards provide more than one service the results include shared values for all services provided on that ward.

Nurse staffing levels - Orthopaedics May 2015

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Key facts about the Orthopaedics department at Freeman Hospital

Average time from referral by GP to treatment for this department


Friends and Family Test score: service

99%Patients recommend this service. 151 responses

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Latest reviews of this service

Ward 20

I have a recent hand operation and was on Ward 20. Fantastic staff from the surgeon to the nurses. everyone helpful and friendly, informe...

3 July 2015

Musculoskeletal operation

Consultant was brilliiant, both in clinics and with the operation. Staff really helped with my pre op anxiety and were caring and compass...

30 September 2014

Fantastic Hospital

Just left the Freeman after a foot op and Ward 20. I was only on this ward a short time but the nurses were amazing, helpful, friendly an...

7 August 2014

29 yo Postgraduate student of NU with a knee injury

I feel the need to tell you about my problem and what is happening to me the last 7 months. I am really sorry If my English is bad but I...

17 June 2014

Excellent stay

My mother was recently a patient on wd 19 following a knee operation. From start to finish she was treated with great dignity and respect...

3 December 2013

Orthopaedics services at this Hospital

Ward name Friends and Family Score for May '15 Other services in ward for May '15

Last updated on 13 April 2011.

Information supplied by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust