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Young adult hip service

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A very warm welcome to the young adult hip service at Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Initial consultation

As you are aware, following investigations about your hip by your local GP/ MSK (musculoskeletal) specialist / orthopaedic department, you have been referred to this specialised clinic for further advice and/or treatment. During your initial consultation with us, a detailed history will be taken and a physical examination of your hip will be carried out by a member of the clinical team.

For each appointment please wear appropriate clothing, for example shorts, to enable the physical examination of the hip to be carried out.


You may be asked to undergo specialist scans such as CT (computerised tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), USS (ultrasound scan), x‑rays, as well as other diagnostic procedures such as hip injection of a local anaesthetic / steroid under general anaesthetic. You may have had some of these investigations carried out already and we will ensure that all the results of investigations that you have had previously are transferred to us prior to your appointment. However, we sometimes ask you to have them done again, especially if the x‑rays are over three months old. Also the Young Adult Hip Service works very closely with the radiologists based at Addenbrooke’s hospital and often need to follow specific scan protocols and this may be the reason you are asked to have repeat investigations carried out here at Addenbrooke’s.

If you need to undergo surgery, you will be asked to attend a consent clinic and a pre-op assessment clinic.

Consent clinic: Outpatients department, clinic 1

Your appointment will be scheduled for a specific time slot. During your appointment, a member of the surgical team will explain the surgery to you in detail. As you will be able to ask any questions at this time it may be beneficial to write these down before you come - for example about the pre-operative arrangements, your recovery and your expectations of the surgery. You will also be asked to sign a consent form at this appointment.

Pre-op assessment clinic: Addenbrooke’s treatment centre (ATC)

During this appointment, you will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire. You will also have MRSA swabs taken and / or blood tests carried out.

Please note

We have a responsibility of ensuring that our practise is safe and as part of that process you need to be fully involved and committed to this surgery including understanding the nature of any surgical intervention. Therefore you must attend both the consent and pre-op clinics, as well as any other scheduled appointments. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your treatment/surgery with us here at Addenbrooke’s

Please note that all appointments need to be attended in person at Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Note for international patients

If you are travelling from abroad, it is expected that you will have had all your investigations performed at your local hospital and the results transferred to us prior to your first consultation. However, in some circumstances, additional tests may be required to be undertaken again at Addenbrooke’s to confirm the diagnosis.

When attending for your surgery it is advisable that your return trip home is by sea rather than air, so as to lessen the risk of post-operative complications such as deep vein thrombosis / pulmonary embolism. As it may be necessary for you to stay overnight in the hospital it is advisable that you arrange your return booking to accommodate any delays that may occur in your discharge from hospital.

Contact information

Department of orthopaedic and trauma surgery
Box 37, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Thank you for attending the clinic today. You will probably have been given a lot of information to take in, if you have any further questions, here’s a list of useful contacts:

Investigation queries

Therapy services

Surgery queries

Clinic queries

Privacy and dignity

Same sex bays and bathrooms are offered in all wards except critical care and theatre recovery areas where the use of high-tech equipment and / or specialist one to one care is required.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151