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​Information for Patients

This page is designed to allow patients who are referred to the DCHFT Hand, Wrist and Elbow Team to have access to information about hand conditions.

There are many types of clinical staff you may meet if you are referred to our team.  We have written a list below of who might be assessing or treating you when you visit our department.

Orthopaedic Surgeon - An Orthopaedic Surgeon is a doctor who has specialised in the field of orthopaedics. 

Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) - An ESP is a Specialist Physiotherapist who has been trained by the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.  The ESP may be assessing you in the clinic appointment and works closely with the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. 

Physiotherapist - Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

Occupational Therapist - An occupational therapist uses specific activities to limit the effects of disability and promote independence in all aspects of daily life.

Nurses - In Orthopaedics, the nurses may monitor you after an operation, or to help with pain control, to re-dress your wounds and take out stitches or help with other aspects of your care.