New clinic for dancers at RNOH

ballet dancer

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) is pleased to announce the expansion of the London NHS Dance Injury Clinic to include the UK’s first RED-S/Endocrine clinic.

Previously known as the Female Athlete Triad, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) refers to health concerns caused by a lack of energy available to support both exercise and normal physiological functioning. Health concerns associated with RED-S are described by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as ‘impaired physiological function including, but not limited to, metabolic rate, menstrual function, bone health, immunity, protein synthesis, cardiovascular health caused by relative energy deficiency’.

GIRFT national report: calls for pain relief to be replaced with rehabilitation

man bending over with back pain

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.

Bobath Concept: Human Movement Analysis as a Basis of Clinical Intervention

Human Movement Analysis

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.

The NHS long-term plan

nhs long term plan

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.

The Stanmore Building opens: architecture, technology and art

Rachel cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Duke of Gloucester ward

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.

MAGEC spinal rods

Xray of MAGEC spinal rods

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.

RNOH recognised for support to the Armed Forces Community.

Armed Forces silver award 2018

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.

First NHS Veterans Rehabilitation unit announced

NHS Veterans Rehabilitation unit announced

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.

Reflexions issue 6 now available

reflexions 6 - the amazing paraclimber Anoushe Husain

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.

Help us in our buggy appeal

Help us in our buggy appeal

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.

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