www.myorthoclinic.com is Ireland’s first website for patients with injuries to their bones and joints.

This initiative specialises in providing medical and practical information for all patients outside of the hospital environment allowing patients to freely access reliable information without having to contact their local fracture clinic. Clinical follow up is essential in ensuring adequate healing after a musculoskeletal injury. However patients often forget to ask or have problems retaining the information that they receive before leaving the hospital. This can be due to many factors: limited contact with doctors, time constraints, post-operative challenges and fatigue.

A better knowledge of one’s injury leads to better compliance with their healing programme.  Patients, family members and carers involved in the recovery process can all benefit from using the website.  The website has a “frequently asked questions section” answering all necessary queries from hygiene issues to social entitlements. Healthcare professionals can be assured their patients will receive accurate and beneficial information from this source.

www.myorthoclinic.com was launched in October 2011 where it was piloted in the North East HSE region.  Since then it has been welcomed and implemented as an adjunct to patient care. It has been presented at the Cappagh Orthopaedic Nursing Conference, the Galway Orthopaedic Nursing Conference, the Irish Orthopaedic Association meeting and it has been cited in the HSE magazine Patient Matters, the Examiner and the Irish Times. Corporate affairs at St Vincent’s University Hospital, St James Hospital, University Hospital Limerick and Cork University Hospital have reviewed the website and have endorsed it. Various hospitals, physiotherapists, cast companies and the GAA have linked the page on their website. Check out the associated Facebook page as well as the iPhone app!

www.myorthoclinic.com is a reliable source of information for patients to improve follow up care and is currently being promoted through fracture clinics.  The data available at www.myorthoclinic.com is a collaboration by orthopaedic specialist registrars which continues to be updated and enhanced on a regular basis. Dr Derek Cawley, the editor and creator of the website, has trained as an Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon in the Republic of Ireland.

Useful Links

  • http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/bouncing-bikes-and-kids-breaking-bones-1.2203481
  • http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/flip-to-the-jumpzone-at-irelands-trampoline-parks-343381.html
  • http://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/players/managing-injuries
  • http://www.stvincents.ie/departments/Bone_and_Joint.html
  • http://www.emed.ie/Patient-Info/_img/Advice_Wrist_Fracture_QSPEG_v2_2015.pdf
  • http://www.nehb.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/uhl/hospdept/periop/traumaortho/OrthopaedicCNS.html
  • http://www.stjames.ie/Departments/DepartmentsA-Z/O/Orthopaedics/DepartmentOverview/
  • https://www.drypro.ie/myorthoclinic-com/