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North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Network

North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Network logoAbout North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Network

The North Central London Elective Orthopaedic Network has been created to improve the care offered to patients. It is based on partnership working between hospital trusts and offers excellence in orthopaedic care, research and education. 

Working together in this way means patients can receive timely, high-quality care. Clinicians from across hospitals will work together as a single team, have joint training and education, and hospitals can share their facilities, opening up access to more dedicated beds and operating theatres.

It is provided by:

  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust,
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust,
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust

The Network provides care for adults needing planned orthopaedic care. They do not offer paediatric or spinal care. 


Your planned orthopaedic care:  some helpful terminology

The information on these pages is for patients who need planned orthopaedic care from a hospital-based team.

  • Planned (sometimes called ‘elective’) care is non-emergency healthcare that patients attend through scheduled appointments with clinical teams
  • Orthopaedic care is care of the bones, joint and muscles

The care you need may include specialist advice, diagnostics (such as x-rays and blood tests) or surgery. This could take place as an outpatient appointment, day surgery or inpatient care or a combination of these.

  •  Day surgery is surgery that can be done in one day, without the need to stay in hospital overnight
  • Inpatient surgery is surgery that needs a patient to stay in hospital for at least one night.
  • Outpatient appointments are consultations with a healthcare practitioner. This could be a doctor, nurse or other health professional, to gain a better understanding of your symptoms, discuss a course of treatment or follow-up after surgery