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Trauma and orthopaedics

A trauma patient with two nursesPoole Hospital is the designated trauma unit for East Dorset. Most of our patients are admitted as emergencies with a traumatic injury such as a broken bone, which may require surgery. 

Patients are also admitted via the outpatient fracture clinics because they require additional treatment to that already provided in the emergency department or during a previous inpatient stay. 

About the team

Trauma orthopaedic care is provided by a team of experienced specialist staff that includes trauma orthopaedic and elderly care doctors, and a range of nursing, therapies and clerical staff. 

As an accredited Practice Development Unit, the trauma unit follows the Poole Approach philosophy of care, and staff work in partnership with patients and their families as part of an enhanced recovery programme, to promote independence and get patients back to normality as soon as possible.

About our facilities

Patients who come into hospital under the care of a trauma orthopaedic consultant surgeon are admitted to one of our three adult trauma wards, or to the children’s unit if they are under 16. The trauma wards have 69 inpatient beds in total. To read more about the trauma wards, including their location and visiting hours, click on the links below:

Ward B3

Trauma admissions unit (C3/E3)

Each ward is managed by a ward sister and a team of nurses who work closely with other members of clinical staff including doctors, therapists and specialist nurses to provide patient-focused care. Some patients are admitted to the adult assessment unit and discharged home after a short inpatient stay or transferred to a trauma ward. Patients not requiring immediate admission will come in on an agreed date to the day of surgery unit or one of the trauma wards. Post-surgery patients may be transferred to another ward or to other hospitals in the area for a period of rehabilitation.

Clinical support for patients admitted with spinal trauma is provided by spinal surgeons based in Salisbury. If surgery is required patients may be transferred to New Hall Hospital in Salisbury or to Southampton University Hospital.

Other services

Poole Hospital also offers elective orthopaedic outpatient clinics as part of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital orthopaedic service and GPs may refer children in to our elective paediatric orthopaedic service.


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Contact us

Phone handset graphicWard B3:
01202 442386  / 01202  448131

Trauma admissions unit:

Green end (E3):
Tel: 01202 448558

Red end (C3):
Tel: 01202 448413

Meet the team

Trauma orthopaedic consultants:

Mr R Middleton – Clinical Director

Mr M Farrar

Mr R Hartley

Mr A Harvey

Mr D O’Connor

Mr L O’Hara

Mr S Richards 

Mr J Southgate

Mr H Taylor

Mr V Sakthivel (PaediatricOrthopaedics)

Find out more about the rest of the team:

Trauma orthopaedic staff

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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