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NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.
This information is for people who have non‑complex fractures. A fracture is a broken bone. There are many different types of broken bone and so many options for treatment. A non‑complex fracture is usually managed in a local hospital rather than a specialist centre. The NICE guideline offers advice about how non‑complex fractures should be managed. It does not cover every type of non‑complex fracture or every aspect of care. But it does provide advice where this is needed. It does not cover dislocations, complex fractures (complicated fractures which usually need to be managed in a specialist centre), skull fractures, hip fractures and spinal injuries. For information about the advice we have produced in these areas, see other NICE guidance.