England players visit RNOH, Stanmore
On Thursday February 19, 2009, five members of England's Senior Elite Player Squad and England Team Manager Martin Johnson spent the afternoon meeting patients at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
Toby Flood and Harry Ellis (both Leicester Tigers), Nick Kennedy and Delon Armitage (London Irish) and Riki Flutey (London Wasps) joined Martin Johnson for a tour of the facilities of the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK and one which is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.
The Spinal Cord Injury centre opened in 1981 and is one of only 11 specialist centre's in the UK designated to manage people with spinal cord injuries.
The centre provides lifelong comprehensive management for people with spinal cord injury, including state of the art surgical techniques, full rehabilitation after an injury and the input continues after the initial hospitalisation. The aim is to assist people in maximising their activity and social participation after a cord injury. The centre also works to promote lifelong health and wellbeing of people with spinal cord injury.
England and London Irish second row Nick Kennedy said, "Meeting the patients was something I won't forget. Everyone was very positive about their physio and rehab work and all of the staff at the hospital, who do an incredible job".