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Welcome to BART

Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART) was formed in 2002 by surgeons from Musgrave Park Hospital and a mechanical engineer from Queen’s University Belfast. The aim of the charity is to provide funding for various research projects in joint replacement for the benefit of patients in Musgrave Park Hospital and further afield. Since the charity has been established it has raised over £2 million for joint replacement research. The main areas of research are: improvement of the patient experience from first contact to discharge, restoration of leg length during hip replacement, patient satisfaction following knee replacements, blood loss, complications during and after joint replacement and general measures of how our patients do following surgery. BART is interested in any type of research which is of potential benefit to patients.

Musgrave Park Hospital is the regional orthopaedic and rehabilitation centre for Northern Ireland. The hospital performs around 2,500 hip and knee replacements each year, although numbers must increase over the coming years to meet the demands of our population. This makes it one of the largest joint replacement units in the UK.

BART has been involved in the completion of 83 peer reviewed publications since it was established, (View Here), 31 within the last 5 years, and over 250 conference presentations. The research that is carried out at Musgrave Park Hospital would not be possible without the contributions from BART.

Support the BART Walk

The BART Team are very aware of how COVID-19 has changed all our lives and to be safe we have sadly cancelled our BART Walk this year. This will be the first time in 19 years we haven’t been able to hold the Walk but we would like you to have your own personal BART walk. Why not support the BART Walk at Home - walk for a minute or a mile, whatever you can!

Unfortunately Covid 19 has meant a big reduction in income for many people and charity organisations like BART are also being hit very badly. The BART Walk is our main fundraising event of the year and the income we get helps our valuable research into joint replacement research so now more than ever we still need your help.

We always look forward to catching up with you and your families on the day to find out how you are all getting on. Unfortunately we won’t be able to do that this year but we’d love to see some pictures of you walking for BART. If you don’t mind us sharing your picture on our website and social media platforms you or a family member could send us a photo of your walk. You can message us on FaceBook or email Beverley at info@bartni.org . Don’t forget to follow government guidelines including social distancing when you #TAKEPART4BART .

You can download a sponsorship form for family and friends and also send donations to the BART Office, Outcomes Department, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast BT9 7JB or use the donate button. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back at the BART Walk in 2021 which will be our 20th year!

Donations in 2020

Latest News

The Music Man

The Music Man
22 July 2020
Stevie, our resident musician at the annual BART Walk has made a video for all our supporters and walkers at home. Hope you enjoy! {mp4}music-man-bart...

BART Walkers in Delamont Country Park

BART Walkers in Delamont Country Park
22 July 2020
A huge thanks to everyone who took part in a sponsored walk in Delamont Country Park on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down to raise funds f...

BART walkers on East Strand at Portrush

BART walkers on East Strand at Portrush
20 July 2020
A huge thanks to Mary for her donation to the BART Walk at Home campaign. Harvey and Mary walked on the beach near their home.
Our research would not be possible without the important donations we receive throughout the year. So please help us further our work by sending a donation today.

Address Details

Outcomes Assessment Unit
Musgrave Park Hospital
Stockman’s Lane

Contact Details

Tel: 028 9068 3530

Fax: 028 9068 3530

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