'St George's Joints'

 

 

 Welcome to the South West London Hip Clinic


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 What is the Clinic?
  • The Hip Clinic practices within the National Health Service at St. George’s as well as seeing and treating private patients.  St George’s Hospital is the major hospital for the South West London area, a Teaching Hospital and is now a Major Trauma Centre and part of the London Trauma Network.  The Hip Clinic team at St George’s includes Mr Simon Bridle and Mr Philip Mitchell, senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, a research nurse, an Arthroplasty Fellow and other trainees.
     

  • We specialise in hip and knee replacement, ranging from straightforward primary replacement, to complex cases and revision procedures, in particular cases where there is major bone loss or deep infection.  We have a comprehensive range of diagnostic facilities available and specialist support from our Microbiologists for infected cases. 
     

  • National Health Service patients can be seen following referral from their General Practitioner or treating consultant.  We frequently see patients with difficult problems for second opinions, referred to us by colleagues across the region.  We provide exactly the same services to private patients and appointments can usually be made to see us with a week.

 Where are we?
  • As well as seeing and treating NHS hip and knee patients at St. George’s, primary hip and knee replacements are done at the Elective Orthopaedic Centre in Epsom.  We both see private patients at Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon and St. Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam.  Mr Bridle also consults at The Cromwell and Lister Hospitals in West London and Mr Mitchell at Ashtead Hospital in Surrey.  Appointments can be arranged through our PA or by contacting the hospital directly, along with a letter of referral.  

 Our Philosophy
  • We strive to deliver the highest standard of modern orthopaedic care, from consultation through to surgery and rehabilitation. We use implants with established track records, with amongst the best results in the English National Joint Registry (NJR) and in accordance with National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines (NICE).  Our private practice totally reflects our NHS practice and we perform no procedures in the private sector that we do not perform regularly in the health service. We are committed to audit, follow-up and clinical governance, which show that our patients can expect a very low complication rate and a high degree of clinical satisfaction.  We are both members of Joint Replacement Specialists, a group of eminent hip and knee surgeons, who share our philosophy.  We are heavily involved in post-graduate education. Both Mr Mitchell and Mr Bridle speak at international hip surgery meetings and host the St George’s Revision Hip Forum, a highly regarded meeting, which draws a major international faculty and delegates from all over Europe.  We are committed to scientific research and development and publish articles in the field of hip surgery.

 The Team Approach
  • At the hip clinic we believe communication and team working are essential to optimise the outcome for our patients. The secretarial support, junior staff, nurses and physiotherapists are an integral part of our unit. This team approach extends to Mr Mitchell and Mr Bridle operating together when dealing with our most challenging cases. In very complex situations two surgeons operating together minimises the risk of problems occurring during the operation and helps us to achieve the best results in these difficult cases. We have close links with our surgical colleagues at St. George’s, in particular pelvic fracture surgeons, children’s hip surgeons and with surgeons in other disciplines such as Plastic and Vascular surgeons, whose help is sometimes needed in complex cases.  We work closely with Microbiologists when treating infected cases – close collaboration is vital in successfully dealing with joint infections.


 

 

 

 

 

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