Welcome to the Upper Limb Unit at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
The Upper Limb Unit is a well-established service consisting of three surgeons specialising in Shoulder and Elbow conditions plus two surgeons specialising in Hand and Wrist conditions.
The unit aims to deliver world-class surgical care and rehabilitation for patients with upper limb pathology, underpinned by evidence-based medicine.
We are a close-knit team that work collaboratively with specialist physiotherapists and other colleagues to ensure that patients receive a multi-disciplinary treatment approach.
There is a strong emphasis on research within the unit and we are involved in multiple local and national research trials. We also collect our own data regarding patient outcomes via the amplitude patient reported outcome system.
Secretary to the Shoulder and Elbow Team: Shauna Mullan: 01535 292116
Secretary to the Hand and Wrist Team: Julie Demain: 01535 292116
Elective Orthopaedic Ward: Ward 18: Location B4: 01535 292181
Trauma Orthopaedic Ward: Ward 9: Location 19: 01535 292091
Surgical Day Unit: Ward 20: Location B16: 01535 292201
Outpatient Physiotherapy Department: 01535 293656
Referrals are received electronically from Musculoskeletal (MSK) services, General Practitioners (GP) and First Contact Practitioners (FCP) in the community. Referrals for trauma patients are received via the Accident and Emergency department and via electronic referrals from GPs and FCPs.
If you have been diagnosed with a shoulder or elbow problem, you may be referred into the multi-disciplinary service to be assessed by a member of the team. You may be seen either by an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Registrar or Specialist Physiotherapist. We cover all aspects of shoulder & elbow surgery, including primary shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, revision shoulder arthroplasty, instability (dislocations), rotator cuff problems, acromioclavicular pathology, frozen shoulders and shoulder and elbow trauma.
1 Stop Clinic
The One Stop Clinic is a modern patient centred take on a traditional service, offering same day consultations, scans and treatment for patients. Since October 2020 the one stop clinic has provided a more streamlined approach to patient care, offering timely interventions and saving patients multiple trips to the hospital environment.
This clinic is run by 2 specialist upper limb physiotherapists and aims to capture patients who have experienced a recent traumatic soft tissue injury, ensuring patients have fast access to specialist clinicians. We see shoulder dislocations, suspected rotator cuff tears, acromioclavicular joint injuries, biceps tendon, pectoralis major tendon and triceps tendon ruptures, and any other shoulder girdle soft tissue injury requiring specialist input. We aim to see patients within 2 weeks of referral where they are clinically assessed and referred for further imaging or physiotherapy treatment as appropriate. Those with a significant soft tissue injury requiring surgery can be fast-tracked for a surgical repair.
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM’s) are a tool that is increasingly used to try to improve the care of surgical patients. PROM’s are structured questionnaires that record the patients’ symptoms directly. All new patients are added to the PROM’s system and can be accessed by patients to input their information. The PROM’s system is not compulsory and patients may opt out at any point.
Visit the Airedale PROM’s portal
The system is run by Amplitude. Amplitude is the UK’s leading provider of clinical data collection software, used for Clinical & Patient Reported Outcomes, Virtual Follow Up & Triage Clinics, Chronic Illness Patient Monitoring & Patient Experience Measures.