Occupational Therapy in Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics

The trauma and elective orthopaedic Occupational Therapy team are based at University Hospital Llandough. We are an integral part of the service provided to patients who are undergoing orthopaedic surgery. We specialise in the treatment of patients who are admitted to hospital due to a traumatic accident, and patients undergoing planned surgery.

Occupational Therapy input for people undergoing elective orthopaedic surgery can take place in the hospital during your admission or pre-operatively via telephone or video consultation. Assessment and intervention for trauma patients who have sustained fractures will take place in the hospital environment.

Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy?

  • Trauma patients who have sustained lower limb fractures, upper limb fractures, spinal fractures and other musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Elective patients undergoing planned procedures including hip replacements, knee replacements and foot and ankle surgery.


After a traumatic injury an Occupational Therapist plays an important role in helping you to return to independence and supporting you to complete daily occupations which are meaningful to you. This includes assisting with planning your discharge from hospital whilst taking into account your home environment and your continuing care and/or therapy needs.


Occupational Therapy input for elective hip surgery often starts before your operation. The Occupational Therapists endeavour to contact patients prior to admission to carry out an assessment of their current function, prepare and educate them regarding admission, surgery and post-op rehabilitation and establish any need for equipment provision.

If you are undergoing any other type of elective orthopaedic surgery and think you will require Occupational Therapy input, the ward staff can refer you to us during your admission.

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