A physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeon are transforming the way patients with fractures are treated and saving the NHS more than half a million pounds in an initiative which could become a national model.
Physio Lucy Cassidy and consultant James Gibbs have established a virtual follow-up clinic for patients with simple fractures or soft tissue injuries. In the past these patients would have come through A&E and have to return for a follow up appointment at a consultant-led fracture clinic. But today these patients receive all their post A&E care online.
The patient’s x-ray and injury is assessed within 24 hours by a physiotherapist and an orthopaedic consultant to decide if they can self-manage their recovery remotely. Patients are then phoned by the physio and offered a virtual clinic referral.