Freeman Hospital

(0191) 233 6161 Freeman Road, High Heaton , Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE7 7DN

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 158 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.

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 JULY 2017

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Key facts about the Orthopaedics department at Freeman Hospital

Time from GP referral to treatment

Up to 26 weeks for 9/10 patients

Friends and Family Test score: service

97%Patients recommend this service. 33 responses

Latest reviews of this service


Currently receiving ongoing treatment. I find consultant really friendly and compassionate and very knowledgeable in his area of work. ...

11 October 2017

knee arthroscopy

would like to thank all the nurses on the day treatment unit at the freeman hospital,doctors,theatre staff and porters everyone was very ...

30 April 2017


Feeling very nervous about general anaesthetic,,but cannot thank the nurses enough on level 3 day centre , the anathatis was really nice...

31 March 2017

knee replacement

i have had both my knees replaced at the freeman i was on ward 19 the staff where brilliant they looked after me very well no complaints

20 March 2017

2nd Hip Replacement

Having had my Right Hip Replacement here back in May 2015 I opted to return last week for my Left Hip Replacement. I cannot praise and th...

24 October 2016

Orthopaedics services at this Hospital

Ward name Friends and Family Score for August '17 Other services in ward for August '17

Last updated on 12 January 2016.

Information supplied by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust