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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.

BART in Bloom 2020!

The health and well being of our stakeholders is of key importance to us and the Trustees are increasingly mindful of the coronavirus situation.

Following the government’s advice on social distancing, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Fundraising Regulator advise all charities reflect seriously on whether to continue public fundraising and it is with deep regret that we have decided to withdraw our daffodil campaign and want to thank everyone who had pledged their support from pickers and packers to promoters and sellers and Bingham's Nursery for all their hard work.

As a small local charity, we rely on events like this to continue with our essential research. If you would like to continue to support the campaign you can donate remotely with cheques and postal orders sent to the BART office, Outcomes Department, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast BT9 7JB or online at www.justgiving.com/campaign/BARTinBloom2020

We appreciate your help during these uncertain times.

Latest News


30 March 2020
Following official guidance on the developing situation with coronavirus (Covid-19), we have taken the decision to close the BART office. If you want...

BART Trustee, Mr Paul Magill

BART Trustee, Mr Paul Magill
06 March 2020
Mr Magill presents some of the results from our TRAC-24 clinical trial at the British Hip Society Annual Meeting in Cardiff .

British Hip Society Annual Meeting

British Hip Society Annual Meeting
06 March 2020
Great to see BART research displayed at the British Hip Society Meeting in Cardiff this week.
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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