Trauma and Orthopaedics

Management Offices
Level 5
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge
Torquay TQ2 7AA

Orthopaedic Appointments: 01803 656300
Admissions: 01803 655591/ 654844
Fracture Clinic: 01803 655136
Outreach Team: 01803 654718


Utilising a multi-disciplinary approach for both Trauma & Orthopaedics, we provide a dedicated service for both planned and emergency treatment.


GP referrals* are reviewed by a Consultant and prioritised on the basis of information supplied by the GP as either “urgent” or “routine”.

A back pain management programme has also been established.

*An assessment service for hip and knee joint replacements is being run in liaison with the Primary Care Trusts, to avoid waits for appointments.

Availability of services

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Service provided by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust includes:

  • A 24-hour, all year round trauma service providing emergency care for all patients requiring emergency orthopaedic surgical intervention (Complex neurological cases are transferred to appropriate specialist centres).
  • Outpatient services at Torbay Hospital and two peripheral hospitals.
  • Planned orthopaedic surgery at Torbay Hospital.
  • 24-hour A&E service for patients needing urgent orthopaedic treatment or emergency advice at Torbay Hospital.
  • An Orthogeriatric liaison team.

Specialist Support Services

The following support services are provided as appropriate, to facilitate investigations, diagnosis, treatment and general care:

Services provided

Trauma Service

Trauma Wards: Ainslie

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust provides an orthopaedic trauma service for residents and visitors to South Devon. Cover is provided at all times at SHO registrar and consultant level.

Consultant led Fracture Clinics Clinics are held at Torbay Hospital each weekday morning and trauma-operating lists scheduled Monday to Saturday, plus out-of-hours emergency cases. Scheduled operating lists are also held on most Bank Holidays.

Orthopaedic Services

Following referral by a GP, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust provides all orthopaedic outpatient appointments to residents of South Devon, including pre and postoperative care. Up to 30 orthopaedic clinics take place each week, at Torbay, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth Hospital’s.

Among our consultants’ special interests are:

  • arthroscopic knee surgery
  • limb reconstruction
  • sports injuries
  • shoulder, elbow surgery
  • anterior cruciate ligament repair
  • foot, ankle surgery
  • hand, wrist surgery
  • spinal surgery

Elective Ward: Ella Rowcroft

All routine procedures are carried out at Torbay Hospital, including hip and knee replacements, some revisions and spinal procedures, shoulder and elbow surgery. Specialised procedures are referred to appropriate tertiary treatment centres.

Hip and knee replacement

Our hip and knee replacement programme has been designed to help you prepare for surgery, recover more quickly and help you get back to normal life and activities as soon as possible. Alongside surgery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, it encompasses programmes such as our Joint School and a series of videos that are provided to guide you through your treatment and reduce your anxiety.

Shoulder surgery

Alongside shoulder surgery, we have created the Torbay Shoulder Exercise Programme. Through a series of videos, we will help you to regain shoulder function after injury or an operation. View our shoulder exercise videos.


Mr Mark AshworthHip & Knee01803 654969
Mr Tom BallFoot & Ankle01803 654836
Mr Paul BirdsallHand & Wrist01803 654835
Mr Steve BlakeHip & Knee01803 654905
Ms Veronica ConboyShoulder & Elbow01803 654841
Mr Peter CoxPaediatric01392 403564
Mr James DavisFoot & Ankle01803 655524
Mr Richard HawkenShoulder & Elbow01803 654836
Mr Gordon HigginsHip & Knee01803 654969
Mr Mike HockingsHip & Knee01803 654851
Mr David IsaacHip & Knee01803 654905
Mr Mike KentHip & Knee01803 654793
Mr Rob LofthouseHip & Knee01803 656196
Mr Shahid PunwarHip & Knee01803 654841/654835
Mr Raju RameshShoulder & Elbow01803 656196
Mr Guy WansbroughFoot & Ankle01803 654849
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