From the start of next week the way fracture patients are treated will be changing.
Currently, patients suffering suspected fractures attend urgent or emergency care for an x-ray and initial treatment. If there is a break, the patient returns to the fracture clinic the following day for assessment to decide if they need specialist treatment or can be discharged.
The new virtual fracture clinic means patients with certain conditions can be sent home from urgent or emergency care with information leaflets and advice from specially-trained staff.
They then receive a telephone call from a member of the orthopaedic team who has reviewed their scans and will discuss with them whether they need to come in for further treatment or if they can manage the injury at home.
Patients who are recommended for treatment at home will still be able to come in for an appointment if they choose and can call a dedicated helpline for patients to call if they have any queries or concerns.
The clinics will start on Monday, 17 September.