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Virtual Fracture Clinic

Case study arrowBrighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust's innovative virtual fracture clinic is proving a big success - cutting the number of times injured patients have had to come in for hospital appointments and saving more than half a million pounds in two years.

The clinic has meant patients who were treated in A&E with a broken bone no longer have to come to hospital for face-to-face assessment. The project was developed as a way of improving patient care but it has also had the added benefit of reducing costs.

Impact so far

  • Since launching in 2013, the clinic has managed over 8,500 patients, with specialist physiotherapists assessing X-rays online to make a decision on the next steps of care and the clinic has also saved £558,000.
  • Over a one year period, just 36% of patients referred to the virtual fracture clinic needed a follow up appointment with a consultant and six per cent needed a specialist physiotherapist.
  • The basic cost of a new patient attending the fracture clinic is about £128 but the cost for a virtual clinic is just £64.

Next steps

  • Complete six month mentoring programme through NHSE and 3M, including review of deliverables and the new mentoring programme.
  • Complete roll out of the Virtual Fracture Clinic model to St Richards Hospital, Chichester and develop an accessible ‘how to’ toolkit to support the 32+ Trusts that have expressed interest in adoption of this model. 
  • Complete work with Microsoft on a ‘plug and play’ platform.
  • Presenting at Expo 2016 and exploring the NIA programme to help support wider adoption.

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Contact Name Lucy Cassidy, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust Email address

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