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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Grading:  - Requires Improvement

The hospital was established in 1817 and became a foundation trust in 2007, which means the trust has more freedom in how they run their hospital and in meeting the demands of them. The hospital is situated in the south of Birmingham.

The hospital is a tertiary specialist orthopaedic centre treating the local population and people from across the UK and internationally.

The trust specialises in planned treatments of joint replacement, spinal and hand surgery as well as paediatrics. It is nationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the treatment of bone tumours and for having a specialist bone infection unit.

The trust works closely with the local children’s hospital in particularly to care for children with spinal deformities.

This was an unannounced focused inspection of paediatric care within the high dependency unit (HDU) and this was because of concerns raised by the RCPCH review. This inspection was required to gain assurance that the trust was taking timely action in view of our inspection in 2015 and the RCPCH findings.