Trauma & Orthopaedics

The Orthopaedic team cares for a wide range of both trauma related injuries and  elective surgery.

Our clinics run Monday to Friday; patients are seen by an appropriate consultant for individual specialised care. We see approximately 150 patients per day although this can vary.

Our Team

Planned (elective) orthopaedic surgery care is offered at Harrogate District Hospital and also through outreach services at the Alwoodley Medical Practice, Wetherby Health Centre, Yeadon Health Centre and Ripon Community Hospital.

Our surgeons work across our main sites and provide outreach clinics in rural communities throughout the region. We have surgeons specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery. The conditions we cover are:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Hand and wrist
  • Foot and ankle

Our teams also include senior orthopaedic practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist wound and joint review nurses.

We are a consultant-led service, and they are supported by a large multidisciplinary team that ensures that patients receive the best care available.

Located in our department we have a committed team of plaster technicians. Our plaster technicians are responsible for the safe application of casts to allow for the fractured bone to heal correctly. However, not all patients require this form of treatment and patients may only need a splint and/or walker boot which can also be fitted by our clinic staff or orthoptist.


We are keen to involve our patients as much possible in the planning and delivery of services. This is to ensure that we provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and that we learn from your experience and understand where changes need to be made. We sometimes hold specific focus groups and welcome any feedback you would like to share with us. Please do get in touch to share your experiences in the Department.


Referral to the service is via your GP or hospital specialists.

Key staff

Therapy Team Leader in Orthopaedics: Karen Alford

Consultants: Mr Lavalette, Mr Powell-Smith, Mr Talbot, Mr Collier, Mr Copas,  Mr London, Mr Duffy, Mr Mitchell & Mr Farndon