Replacing short-term pain relief injections with long-term physical and psychological rehabilitation programmes could help tens of thousands more patients cope with debilitating back pain, according to a new Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) report on spinal surgery.
Lower back or radicular pain (sciatica) is the primary cause of disability in the UK. It affects one-third of the population at any one time, and 84% of people in their lifetime.
The latest GIRFT national report found that, despite NICE guidance, a significant number of patients are still receiving facet joint injections (injections of local anaesthetic and/or steroids to block pain), which have limited clinical value. On average between 2015 and 2018, almost 6% of patients with back pain received three or more facet joint injections in a year, at a cost to the NHS of £10.5m.
The Bobath Concept is a problem solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with disturbances of function, movement and postural control due to a lesion of the central nervous system.
The rationale for current practice is based upon present day knowledge of motor control, motor learning and neural plasticity, as well as on knowledge of biomechanics.
Health and care leaders have come together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment.
Our plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts. And they have benefited from hearing a wide range of views, whether through the 200 events that have taken place, and or the 2,500 submissions we received from individuals and groups representing the opinions and interests of 3.5 million people.
We opened our new Stanmore Building at the weekend (8-9 Dec), fusing the latest architectural design and health technology with contemporary art and poems to produce a stunning building that provides a unique environment for patients and staff.
The Stanmore Building offers the very best ward facilities for many patients and allows staff to work in an environment matching their skill and dedication. It comes after a thirty year campaign to replace many of the old ward buildings that date from World War Two.
The British Scoliosis Society (BSS) have drafted a statement regarding the recent publicity on the television and in the press about the use of new medical devices and implants. This coverage also included some comments about the MAGEC rod in particular, a device we use at the RNOH to treat certain types of scoliosis in some patients. The following BSS information is endorsed by the RNOH.
British Scoliosis Society: We understand that this news story may have caused anxiety. We hope that this information goes some way to explaining the issues regarding the use of the MAGEC rods and alleviating some of the inevitable concerns raised by this publicity.
The RNOH is among 12 London employers that have been awarded Silver Awards on the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme, now in its 5th year, encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same. The RNOH’s Silver Award was given because we have actively demonstrated our commitment to support Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony on 26 November at the RAF Museum.
Today, Friday 9 November, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) has announced it has shortlisted three bidders who will compete for the final design and operation of a military veteran rehabilitation unit on their site in Stanmore, northwest London.
In advance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, the RNOH hosted a turf cutting ceremony to mark the spot where the unit will be built. Clinicians, hospital staff and the British Legion were present and they welcomed this important move to improve medical care for injured veterans.
The new edition of the RNOH patient community magazine Reflexions is now available to read or download. Issue number 6 has compelling patient stories, including the amazing paraclimber Anoushe Husain and the fascinating link between one of our patients and King Richard III, a look into two important RNOH services: social work & the neonatal one-stop hip clinic, a pictorial look back at the two-year journey to the completion of the new Stanmore Building (opening in early Dec) latest news from our RNOH volunteers, a message from our Director of Nursing Paul Fish, plus lots more. We welcome content for future editions from patients and families.
We’ve launched a Just Giving fundraising appeal to purchase another patient buggy to help patients and visitors get across our large 100 acre site at Stanmore. Our patient buggy service started in July 2016 and, since then, has transported over 50,000 patients. Our volunteer drivers - who operate in all weathers - are often the first people our patients and visitors meet when they arrive. Their professionalism and helpfulness has enhanced the success and popularity of the service.
The latest issue of the RNOH magazine, Articulate 128, is now available to view or download. In this issue, there is a pictorial look back at the two-year journey in the building of the Stanmore Ward Centre. There's also RNOH Charity news, a look back at our NHS 70th birthday celebrations, information on how we're improving the working experience at RNOH for staff through our Val-You programme, a visit to our X-ray department by a Pangolin and much more.