Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

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Coordinates: 52°53′03″N 3°01′56″W / 52.8842°N 3.0323°W / 52.8842; -3.0323

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Location Oswestry, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Speciality Orthopaedics
Founded 1900
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom
Other links Agnes Hunt

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, Shropshire, England is a specialist orthopaedic hospital which provides elective orthopaedic surgery. A specialist hospital with a reputation for innovation[citation needed], the Trust provides a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal (bone, joint and tissue) surgical, medical and rehabilitation services; locally, regionally and nationally.


The hospital has nine inpatient wards, including a private patient ward, ten operating theatres, as well as extensive outpatient and diagnostic facilities. Outreach clinics are held in neighbouring healthcare facilities to ensure that specialist services are provided as close to people’s homes as possible.


The Orthopaedic hospital has been in existence as an independent hospital since 1900 and has occupied its present site since 1921.[1] It was taken into the NHS in 1948 and achieved NHS Trust status in 1994. The hospital was awarded NHS Foundation Trust status in August 2011.

Seven day working[edit]

It is a pioneer of seven day working. Weekend work began with surgeons carrying out waiting list initiatives to deal with the problem of access times for the NHS. Researchers at the Dr Foster Intelligence Unit at Imperial College London looked at more than 4 million elective procedures across the UK in 2008-11. They found that the risk of death was 44 per cent higher if the patient was operated on a Friday and 82 per cent higher if operated on over the weekend. The Trust carries out about 10,000 procedures a year and in 2000-12 recorded 33 deaths after elective orthopaedic procedures. They found there was a lower mortality risk on Friday and on Saturday; at 0.008 per cent for Friday and 0.014 per cent on Saturday, with an average mortality rate for the trust at 0.023 per cent.[2]

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust[edit]

The organisation is a single site hospital based in Oswestry, Shropshire, close to the border with Wales. As such, the Trust serves the people of both England and Wales, as well as acting as a national healthcare provider. It also hosts some local services which support the communities in and around Oswestry.[clarification needed]


  1. ^ RJAH Historical Factsheet no. 15
  2. ^ "Weekend surgery just got safer". Health Service JOurnal. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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