RNOH named as a Paget’s Association Centre of Excellence
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) has been recognised as one of ten UK Centres of Excellence by the Paget’s Association. The title is awarded to hospital and university departments which demonstrate excellence in both the treatment of Paget’s disease and research into the condition.
Professor Roger Francis, Chairman of the Paget’s Association said, “Following a rigorous application and review process, the Trustees are pleased to announce that ten centres have been awarded this prestigious badge of excellence. Patients being referred to these Centres of Excellence should be reassured that they will receive the best possible care.”
The UK has the highest prevalence of Paget’s disease in the world. It is characterised by excessive breakdown and formation of bone, resulting in weakened bones that can lead to pain, severe deformity, deafness and fractures. Relatively few patients with Paget’s Disease of Bone are currently referred to specialists with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
Since 1975, the Metabolic Bone Unit within the RNOH has provided a clinical service to patients from the North Central London NHS Sector and also offers a specialist national referral service for patients. Lord Trevor Stamp, Patron of the Paget’s Association, was director of the unit until his retirement in 1999. Patients are seen both at the main hospital in Stanmore and also at the central London Outpatient Assessment Centre in Bolsover Street.
Information and support can be obtained by contacting The Paget’s Association’s Specialist Nurse, Diana Wilkinson on telephone: 0161 799 4646 or by visiting The Paget’s Association’s website.