Diary of A Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Oktober 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm (Bedah / Surgery) (, , )

Monday 07.30-08.30
X-ray meeting: discuss patients’ x-rays, and other examinations, with radiologists to decide on appropriate treatment.
Ward round: seeing newly admitted patients, reviewing and planning care of existing patients, teaching junior medical staff who accompany the round.
Patient administration: completing medical notes, reviewing test results, assessing referrals, reading patients’ notes in preparation for clinic and theatre lists.
14.00 – 17.30
Outpatient clinic: dealing with new and follow-up patients in the outpatients department. Will include assessment for surgery, discussion of treatment options, reviewing progress of condition.
Tuesday 08.30-12.00
Childhood disability clinic: visiting the child development centre to examine and check on young patients with orthopaedic disabilities.
Monthly journal club: clinicians discuss recent research papers to expand knowledge of new treatments and procedures
Trauma theatre list: operating on emergency trauma patients, e.g. patients who have complex fractures following an accident and require surgery.
Wednesday 08.00-13.00
Day case operating list: operating on patients who do not require an overnight stay in hospital. May include examinations such as an arthroscopy – a procedure to investigate the knee.
Monthly clinical team meeting: the orthopaedic team meet to review cases, discuss future operations or procedures.
Monthly Governance meeting:
A monthly meeting to discuss clinical standards and safety.
Thursday 07.30-08.30
Pre-operative check: visit patients on the ward to check they are ready for surgery.
Elective theatre list: operating on patients pre-booked for surgery, e.g. joint replacement.
Elective theatre list: operating on patients pre-booked for surgery, e.g. joint replacement.
Ward round: check on patients who have been operated on during the day.
Friday 08.00-09.00
Tutorial: teach-in with trainee staff
Fracture clinic: seeing patients who have had treatment or surgery for a fracture. Checking progress and reviewing care plan.
External duties: includes work undertaken for the wider benefit of the profession, e.g. reviewing research papers for journal publication or teaching on an advanced life support course.
Teaching session: giving lectures to trainee doctors and medical students.
Saturday and Sunday On-call for one weekend in every 5 weeks.

Conducting ward rounds to check on patients and performing emergency trauma surgery.

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