Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre

0333 200 4066 c/o Care UK, 2 Lindrick Way, Barlborough , Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 4XE

5 out of 5 stars

Based on 145 ratings for this clinic


  • Chesterfield resident champions patient choice after successful hip operation
  • Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre reaches 30,000 patients and celebrates its eighth birthday


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The Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre is a purpose built hospital serving the populations of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.The Treatment Centre focuses on providing specialist orthopaedic services. The hospital is run by Care UK, an independent company providing services to NHS patients. It is a newly-built, 46-bed orthopaedic centre, with three theatres, and opened in July 2005. It performs over 3,000 surgical procedures a year, made up mainly of knee and hip replacements, shoulder and lower back surgery plus minor orthopaedic cases.

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Chesterfield resident champions patient choice after successful hip operation

When dancing her way into 2014 on New Year’s Eve this year, Chesterfield resident Elise Bonham felt a sharp pain in her hips.

The severe pain she felt while bopping along to her favourite songs had bothered her on and off for almost two years, but this night on the dance floor spelled the final straw.

After New Year, the 63 year old went to see her GP who told her she would need a replacement of both hips. She was offered the choice of two providers; the local hospital or Care UK’s Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre.

Elise who also enjoyed keeping active by walking and going to the gym said she had heard good things from friends and family about Barlborough where clinicians perform at least four hip replacement operations a day. It also had one of the shortest local waiting times at four to six weeks compared to the national average of more than 12 weeks.

As an avid gardener, Elise was worried undergoing the operation could mean she wouldn’t be back in her garden in time for spring, however just three months after the treatment she was back to her beloved gardening.

Commenting on her road to recovery, she said it’s being able to do the simple things again that she looks forward to the most “putting my right sock on will be a milestone, at the moment it’s driving me mad. Also not having to sleep on my back and being able to sleep on my side again will be a significant improvement for me.”

When asking friends and family advice on where to go, Elise said it was her neighbour who was in the perfect position to make a recommendation. The neighbour’s elderly mother had undergone a full-hip replacement in two stages. She had one hip replaced at the local hospital and the other at Care UK’s treatment centre. Currently over 97 per cent of former patients have stated they would recommend the centre to their friends and family.

The neighbour recommended Barlborough as it has no cases of hospital acquired MRSA, short waiting times and provides excellent patient care. She said her mother had a really positive experience at the treatment centre. 

Speaking about her treatment Elise said: “I was terrified at the prospect of such a big operation but I took comfort in hearing from people I knew had been to Barlborough and had a pleasant experience there. I decided I’d rather go there as it had the best reputation for this kind of surgery and it was close to my home.”

Since the operation she has been following the post-operative exercises given by her physiotherapist three times a day and is slowly returning to all her activities. She said: “I don’t think I will ever forget to do the exercises. You find yourself improving every day.”

Now on the mend and virtually pain free, Elise wants to spread the word to others that they needn’t be fearful of the operation: “The actual procedure doesn’t hurt. Naturally it’s not completely pain free, you do have some pain in the days following but the nursing staff are constantly monitoring you and adjusting your pain relief medication accordingly.”

Care UK orthopedic surgeon Mr Fred Farlin said one of the key actions a patient can take to ensure a speedy recovery is to follow the exercises provided by their physiotherapist.

Mr Farlin’s top five tips for those recovering from a full hip replacement include:

  1. Avoid bending your hip to more than a right angle, or 90 degrees, during any activity
  2. Try to avoid twisting your hip
  3. Avoid lying on your side where possible
  4. Don’t cross your legs over each other
  5. Don’t force the hip to do anything that makes it feel uncomfortable.

Meanwhile Elise’s advice to others facing a hip replacement is to “ just go for it. I can now sit and stand up without my hip joints locking in pain, which is the most amazing feeling.”

Last updated on 08 September 2014.

Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre reaches 30,000 patients and celebrates its eighth birthday

Chesterfield woman Minnie Baxter has revealed she was delighted with a trip to Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre. Not only does her new hip mean she can continue to enjoy walking in the stunning Derbyshire countryside with her husband, but Minnie also discovered she was the 30,000th patient to visit the popular service since it opened in 2005 to help reduce NHS waiting lists for orthopaedic procedures.

Minnie, 77, visited the Care UK-run treatment centre for her second hip replacement – an operation she says has given her a new lease of life. When she returned for a check up Minnie was thrilled to leave with the news she can drive again and take her husband to their favourite walking spots.

She said: “My left hip was replaced four years ago and it had got to the stage where the right one was severely affecting my mobility and I had to use a walking stick. I wanted an operation to put this right as quickly as possible and my doctor told me Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre had the shortest waiting time. I’d heard a lot of good things about the centre and was thrilled that just three weeks after having x-rays I was booked in for my operation.

“I’m so pleased with my new hip and how straightforward everything was. I couldn’t believe how quickly I was back up on my feet without any pain. I arrived at 7am and was taken to theatre around 11am. The operation only took a couple of hours and by mid-afternoon I was out of bed and getting around without my walking stick.

“The consultant and nurse told me I’d recover quickly but I think even they were surprised at how fast it was. When my niece arrived later that day she was shocked to see me sitting in a chair and walking around, rather than being stuck in bed.

“The service was brilliant and I’ve been telling everybody I know how wonderful the place is. Everyone was so friendly and I couldn’t have asked for more. One of the things I really appreciated was people taking the time to talk to me. I felt comfortable and relaxed the whole time I was there – even during the operation.

Donna Elkington, lead physiotherapist at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre, said: “Minnie was the perfect patient and the speed of her recovery was fantastic. Being active definitely helped with her rehabilitation and we’re so pleased she’s able to get back to doing the things she loves. It’s always nice to hear how our work has made a difference to peoples’ lives and this time it’s extra special because Minnie was our 30,000th patient.”

Minnie, who has always led an active lifestyle, is now looking forward to being able to enjoy her favourite pastime again. She added: “I’m really grateful for the help the team at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre has given me and I can’t thank them enough – especially the physiotherapist Donna who showed me the stretches and exercises I needed to do to help with my recovery.

“My husband and I love being outdoors and enjoying the Derbyshire countryside. Now I can drive again we’re excited to be able to visit Ashover and Chatsworth – which are two of our favourite places to go walking.”

For more information about Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre, including opening times, visiting hours and directions, please visit or call 0333 200 4066.

Last updated on 04 March 2014.

Quality of service at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre

Care Quality Commission inspection ratings

Friends and Family Test: Inpatient

100%Patients recommend this hospital. 232 responses

Friends and Family Test Score: Community

97%Patients recommend this hospital. 2524 responses.

Latest reviews of this organisation

total knee replacement

i had my second knee replacement on 31 august at barlborough and i could not be more impressed, everything was such a slick operation and...

22 October 2017

Knee Replacement at Barlborough.

Six weeks ago I underwent a right knee replacement. I chose the Barlborough Centre on the recommendation of a relative, who nhad undergo...

17 October 2017

God forbid we shoud lose this hospital

From the porter to the surgeon it was quick caring and profesional . Every one had the time to listen to me and any request was carried...

14 October 2017

Total hip replacement

I originally was referred to my local NHS hospital for treatment was told I would have a 6 month wait at least as the waiting list was v...

13 October 2017

Lack of attention to detail

My wife has just been told that after 9 weeks of treatment (one X Ray, one CT Scan and two consultant appointments that she cannot have a...

12 October 2017

Last updated on 08 September 2014.

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