Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

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Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Location Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Speciality Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology
Founded 1872
Lists Hospitals in England

The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) is an internationally renowned orthopaedic hospital, with strong affiliations to the University of Oxford. It provides routine and specialist orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and rheumatology services to the people of Oxfordshire. Specialist services, such as the treatment of osteomyelitis and bone tumours, and the rehabilitation of those with limb amputation, congenital deficiency and neurological disabilities, are provided for patients from across the UK and abroad.


The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre is internationally famous for its work in a range of important services and attracts patients from a wide area. It began in 1871 as the Wingfield Convalescent Centre. During the First World War it was a military hospital and was expanded by building a fresh air annexe of wooden buildings.

By 1929 the Wingfield Morris Hospital badly needed rebuilding and Lord Nuffield, then Sir William Morris, donated £70,000 to build new nurses' quarters, seven new wards and a massage department. In 1936 Lord Nuffield announced his gift to Oxford Medical School which created five clinical chairs, and Professor G R Girdlestone became the first Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1938.

During the Second World War the hospital was controlled by the War Office. In 1948 it was designated as a regional orthopaedic centre and in 1956 it was renamed the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Thanks among others to the appointments in 1949, of Josep Trueta and in 1966, of Robert Duthie, the centre established its prestige and international reputation. He championed its independence and from 1 April 1991 the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre has been an NHS Trust hospital.[1]


The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust is a member of the Oxford Research and Development Consortium. The research activities within the consortium are divided into fifteen collaborative research groups (CRGs). The NOC belongs to the musculo-skeletal group, which covers research activities in the fields of orthopaedics, rheumatology, metabolic medicine, neurological and functional rehabilitation and physiotherapy and have close links and collaboration with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.

The surgeons and physicians who work at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre are among the world's leading experts in their field. They are heavily focused on the development and improvement of clinical practice and surgical technology.

Information technology[edit]

Nuffield was the pilot site for the £6.2bn centrally funded NHS IT programme in the South of England in 2005–2006, however problems with the software caused problems including increased waiting lists.

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  1. ^ Bentley, G. & Dickson, R. (2006). "Obituary: Robert Buchan Duthie (1925–2005)" (– Scholar search). Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 88–B: 696–697. doi:10.1302/0301-620x.88b5.17844. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 51°45′17″N 1°12′34″W / 51.75472°N 1.20944°W / 51.75472; -1.20944