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At West Midlands Referrals, our service covers orthopaedics, soft tissue and spinal surgery, and from 2015 we added ultrasonography and selected medicine cases. We offer advanced imaging with 64-slice CT and ultrasonography with a Doppler machine.

For many surgical cases, we can provide a surgeon to come to your premises with the appropriate instrumentation, implants and equipment to perform procedures for your clients. This can typically be done at just a few days' notice. Cases commonly done on a mobile basis include cruciate and patella surgeries, arthrodeses, some fracture fixations (waiting time permitting), and perineal hernia and ear surgeries. Unfortunately, arthroscopy is not available on a mobile basis because of the problem of transporting bulky and fragile equipment.

surgeryFor surgical cases, post-operative care can be managed at our Burton on Trent surgery or through your own hospital as you prefer. In either case, we provide support (including out of regular hours) using modern information technology.

We typically ask to see cases at 2-3 weeks and again at two months post-operatively for checkups and follow-up radiography where this is indicated. We make no further charges for follow-up consultation or radiography at our Burton on Trent premises.

We offer a free radiographic interpretation and case history review service. You can e-mail or post your radiographs and/or ring for a chat, including out-of-hours. If you want standard radiographs returned promptly by post, please include return postage for the return of the films. Otherwise, we will return them to the care of the following client of yours that we see. Many practices now send digital images of radiographs for a high-speed reply and to avoid the hassle of postage. We prefer JPegs for ease of opening. If you use analogue radiographs, consider taking photos of them with a smartphone and emailing the images that way (Top tip: turn off the ceiling strip lights and disable the flash on the phone/camera!).

For selected surgical cases, we can call on specialist visiting surgeons.

For selected oncology cases, we employ advice from an internationally recognised medical oncology specialist (http://www.chemopet.co.uk/) to complement our surgical service. Some surgical oncology cases are also treated with chemotherapeutic agents. These may be administered via the home practice or by ourselves.

We can accept ultrasound and medical cases, albeit with some limitations on available dates. Acute/critical cases needing ITU care are less likely to be suited to this service. If you want cases reviewed by our medical colleagues, please email case notes, X-rays and laboratory reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We can decide whether the case might be suitable to be seen through West Midlands Referrals for clinical examination and for the formulation of an investigative and therapeutic plan.

The following provides a flavour of the surgical, medical and ultrasonography investigation services that we offer:

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Cruciate ligament rupture
  • Patella luxation
  • Complex fracture repair
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthrodesis
  • Angular limb deformity correction
  • OCD surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Elbow replacement surgery

Spinal Surgery

  • Hemilaminectomy
  • Dorsal laminectomy
  • Ventral slot
  • Fracture fixation

Soft Tissue & General Surgery

  • Maxillectomy / mandibulectomy
  • Complex wound reconstruction
  • Neoplastic surgery
  • Ear canal surgery
  • Urethrostomy
  • Laryngeal tie-back & airway surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Perineal herniorrhaphy
  • Diaphragmatic rupture
  • Thoracotomy
  • Extrahepatic PSS occlusion

Medical and ultrasonography cases

Investigation and case planning for:

  • Unexplained weight loss/inappetence
  • Pyrexia
  • Suspected hyperadrenocorticism
  • Abdominal masses / pain / distension
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Dysuria/haematuria
  • Jaundice
  • Anaemia
  • Elevated liver enzymes or bile acids
  • Suspected port-systemic shunts
  • PU/PD
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Ocular disease (hyphaema, exophthalmos)
  • Prostate, spleen, pancreas, renal, liver or GIT issues
  • Dermatology problems, including pruritis and problematic otitis cases
  • Anal furunculosis

For more information, please feel free to get in touch with us in Burton-Upon -Trent