Addenbrooke’s Hospital – Major Trauma Unit – Trauma & Orthopaedic Department


The trauma team will accept all unstable / multiply injured patients.  Referrals are made formally via the Network Co-ordination Service (NCS) on 0330 330 3999 – they will sort everything and transfer the patient from a peripheral hospital to Addenbrooke’s Emergency Department.  If there are known complex orthopaedic issues you may wish to inform the oncall trauma and orthopaedic SPR at Addenbrooke’s hospital to allow them to make plans for once the patient arrives.

Pelvic & Acetabular

Addenbrooke’s pelvic and acetabular surgeons generally accept all patients with Pelvic & Acetabular fractures requiring surgery.  The referring hospital should fill in the referral proforma found online at  This should then be emailed to the addresses stated on the proforma from an NHS email address.  Referrals are reviewed on a regular basis, but if you have any queries please contact the trauma nurse co-ordinator or the oncall T&O registrar.

Please ensure all imaging has been transferred via the IEP network.

Complex Isolated Trauma

Addenbrooke’s Orthopaedic Trauma Unit take referrals from local units looking for expert assistance of complex isolated trauma (eg pilon / plateau) in otherwise STABLE patients.  We ask the referring hospital to refer online via and complete the complex isolated trauma referral proforma.

Please ensure all imaging has been transferred via the IEP network.

Ipswich Spinal Unit

Ipswich spinal department take most spinal emergency referrals (spinal fractures (whole spine), cauda equina, infective discitis, metastatic spinal cord compression etc).

The oncall spinal registrar is contacted via Ipswich hospital switch board 9am-5pm and after 5pm all referrals are through the oncall orthopaedic registrar at Ipswich hospital.  As a tertiary referral unit we ask that patients are reviewed by the oncall orthopaedic spr, an ASIA chart is completed to document the patients neurological status accurately, and that all imaging is transferred to us via ‘blue light’ IEP transfer.

Norfolk and Norwich

Paeds – Consultant to paeds orthopaedic oncall consultant. Out of hours the paeds orthopaedic oncall service is only for paeds sepsis.

Spine – Consultant to Consultant

Pelvis – Consultant to call / email Ben Davis directly – patient must be haemodynamically stable

Multi-lig knee – Mr Neil Walton     01603 287850