Quality and Evaluation Report: Virtual Fracture Clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital

Christian Warner, Anand Pillai



Background: Following its introduction at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2011, the Virtual Fracture Clinic model of managing outpatient musculoskeletal injuries has grown significantly in popularity. Wythenshawe Hospital introduced this model to their orthopaedic department in 2015.


Aims: How do individual consultants vary in terms of discharge rate versus face-to-face follow up when reviewing cases in a Virtual Fracture Clinic? To assess patients’ level of satisfaction with the management of their injury under a Virtual Fracture Clinic System.


Methods: A retrospective study of a cohort of patients over 12 months from 11th May 2017 to 11th May 2018. Data regarding the number of patients reviewed in Virtual Fracture Clinic during this time was collected and the numbers of patients discharged or recalled for follow up analysed. A telephone questionnaire based on the NHS Friends and Family Test was collected from 50 patients within this cohort to assess overall satisfaction with their care.


Results: 3361 patients were referred to virtual fracture clinic during the inclusion period. The mean percentage of cases discharged from virtual fracture clinic is 30.4% with a median of 30.5%. The rates of discharge ranged from Consultant G at 13% to Consultant K at 39%. 88% of patients would recommend this service to their friends and family and 80% would rate the service at the level of good or excellent.


Conclusion: A virtual fracture clinic model has been successfully implemented at Wythenshawe saving approximately 1157 appointments in 12 months. There is significant variation in discharge rates between consultants which appears to be influenced by the number of patients seen. Individual factors which affect this require further investigation. Patients are very satisfied with their care through the Virtual Fracture Clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital and an overwhelming majority would recommend this to others.


Virtual Fracture Clinic; Orthopedics

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/MMJ.0034

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