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Royal Orthopaedic Community Scheme (ROCS)

The Royal Orthopaedic Community Scheme (ROCS) team provide care for patients at home following orthopaedic surgery. The ROCS team cover a radius of 25 miles from the hospital and work closely with Infection Services to deliver complex care in the community. They also respond to helpline calls and support patients with post-operative wounds.

Common Procedures

  • Wound care (including negative pressure wound therapy)
  • Administering IV antibiotics at home
  • Post-discharge care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Support and encouragement.

More Information

Care in the community
The ROCS team work closely with Infection Services to deliver complex care in the community and help to prevent long hospital stays and re-admissions. The ROCS team is a multidisciplinary team with a broad mix of skills and specialities. They are adaptable and focus on the individual needs of patients, putting people at the centre of their care. We care deeply about providing a fantastic patient experience and delivering excellent clinical and person-centred outcomes.
Wound Care Helpline
The ROCS team respond to helpline calls and support patients with their post-operative wounds. This post-discharge support is designed to reduce the workload for local GP surgeries and helps to reduce the amount of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed by GPs as a ‘precaution’ following joint replacement surgery.
 
The team visit patients at home, assess the issue, take blood if necessary and then arrange ongoing care (if required). This prevents patients from having to make their way back to the hospital after their recent surgery and reassures both the patient and the consultant that even after going home, expert orthopaedic care is provided.
 
If you have any problems with your wound, please call us before contacting your GP on 0121 685 4354 between 09:00 and 14:00 or leave a message on the answer phone outside these hours.