Virtual Hip Clinic
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition requiring early diagnosis and management to optimise long-term outcomes. The incidence in Ireland is 6.73 per 1,000 live births. With current orthopaedic paediatric services in Ireland struggling to meet the national demand, it is more important than ever to optimise the efficiency of our service delivery. We have established and pioneered a Virtual DDH clinic in Our Lady’s children’s hospital Crumlin.
Children can be referred by their GP or AMO.
The DDH Clinical Nurse Specialist will review the x-ray with the Orthopaedic Consultant.
Following this the Family will be contacted by telephone by the CNS to advice on any treatment plan if required. This can range from referral to an appropriate Nurse led or Consultant Clinic, Virtual Hip Clinic surveillance or discharge.
The referring doctor and parents will receive a letter following review to inform of plan.
Waiting lists are significantly reduced through the introduction of this virtual clinic. Secondary societal gains include less work days missed by the patients parents, less miles travelled to attend clinic and less money spent on fees such as parking and dining.