RNOH News

Closure of the RNOH Dance, Sports & Exercise Medicine Service

Exercise Medicine Service

Following a comprehensive service review, a decision has been taken to close the Dance, Sports & Exercise Medicine Service at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

This decision for planned closure in 2020 was made in the best interests of patients and their need to be treated in a resilient service in the medium to long term. It is consistent with the future proposed configuration of services in North Central London, with the intention to concentrate specialised services in fewer centres, where more patients can be treated within a fully staffed, sustainable service.

29th Seddon Society meeting at the Wellcome Collection

29th Seddon Society meeting

The 29th Seddon Society meeting was held last week on Friday 14 June at the Wellcome Collection and it was a fantastic success. The theme this year was surgical technology.

The Seddon Society is for any orthopaedic trainee or trainer from the RNOH, past or present and the Society's founder, Professor George Bentley, was present and on excellent form holding both the research study designs - and presentation skills - of the trainees to account.

The trainees presented their research papers to compete for the WJ Little Medal. This was won by Liza Osagie, so many congratulations to her. Three trainees competed for the travelling fellowship and this was won by Senthil Muthian.

Articulate 130 - new issue now available

Articulate 130 cover

The latest issue 130 of Articulate the RNOH magazine is now available to view or download. In this issue, we feature the Royal opening of the Stanmore Building by Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie, a take a close look at our wonderful nursing staff on International Nurses Day and you can feast your eyes on a gallery of pics from the RNOH Stanmore open day that took place earlier this month.

Grey Lady to tell the story of the RNOH

Mary Wardell centre in 1914

A fascinating video project that will explore the history of the RNOH has been given the go-ahead thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Pegleg Productions has received a grant of £9,900 to produce Searching for the Grey Lady: A Ghost from WW1 at the RNOH.

Awarded through the Heritage Fund's First World War: then and now programme, Pegleg Productions will work with RNOH staff, clinicians, orthotic and prosthetic users, volunteers, and the wider RNOH community, to explore the founding and evolution of the hospital.

Reflexions, the RNOH patient magazine - latest issue out now

Reflexions issue 7 cover

The new issue of Reflexions, the RNOH patient magazine, is now available to read. Reflexions is written for patients and much of the content is patient generated. We publish the magazine twice a year and hard copies are available in the hospital at our Stanmore and Bolsover Street sites.

In this issue you can read about the latest news on the Duke of York and Princess Eugenie’s visit to the new inpatient redevelopment, The Stanmore Building, about our wonderful volunteering service, read up on the fundraising activities of the RNOH Charity, discover the RNOH’s Old Orchards and Share Your Story: where our patients retell their RNOH journeys for you.

RNOH sign contract to develop open source data platform

RNOH and Interneuron CIC contract signing

The RNOH and Interneuron CIC have signed a contract to develop, deliver and support an open source, open standards compliant clinical data platform. The project will see RNOH replace their legacy technology with a world-class clinical data platform that will transform the way in which data is integrated, collected, stored and used by end-users.

The platform approach will permit RNOH to embark on an innovation led strategy where new applications can be developed on top of the clinical data platform. Initial applications will support electronic bed boards and nursing observations, improving patient safety and clinical efficiency.

In addition, RNOH and Interneuron will be making this new technology and applications available to the whole of the NHS. Other trusts will not only be able to freely download, test and implement the software developed, they will also be able to get support from Interneuron by using this framework contract.

The RNOH Charity unveils its new look brand

RNOH Charity

The RNOH Charity, which strengthens the vital work we do, has unveiled a new brand identitiy which will become central to all its charitable and fundraising activities.

The Charity - which just last week announced HRH Princess Eugenie as its Patron - makes a significant difference to the hospital’s patients and their families by funding services and creating an uplifting environment that are beyond the scope of the hospital’s NHS funding.

Created by London design studio Here Design, the new branding reflects the RNOH Charity’s role as the backbone of the RNOH. The core icon is a graphic representation of the spine, made up of flexible shapes that will be used for a wide range of applications, from digital apps to RNOH Charity merchandise.

Stanmore Open Day - Sat 18 May 2019

Stanmore Open Day

On Saturday, May 18 we host another Stanmore Open Day. This is an annual event which provides a rare opportunity to see behind the doors of a world-leading specialist hospital.

The event is open to anyone of any age to help them understand what we do. It's also for patients to come and have the opportunity to see our hospital from a different perspective and we hope it will also inspire young people to take up careers in clinical research & innovation.

Places are very limited so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Registration is now closed

Duke of York and Princess Eugenie visit RNOH

Duke of York and Princess Eugenie

The Duke of York and Princess Eugenie officially opened the magnificent new Stanmore Building at the RNOH.

The £50 million building, which fuses the latest architectural design and health technology with contemporary art to produce a stunning and unique environment for patients and staff, was partly financed by the RNOH Charity’s Redevelopment Appeal. The official Patron of the Appeal is Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, who in 2002 underwent corrective surgery at the hospital for scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

His Royal Highness The Duke of York has been Patron of the RNOH since 2003, and was accompanied on the visit by Princess Eugenie.

Chief Inspector of Hospitals finds significant improvement

Care Quality Commission logo

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust as Good overall following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

A team of inspectors visited the trust during October and November 2018 to check the quality of four core services - surgery, medicine, children and young people’s services and outpatients. CQC also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well-led?

As a result of this inspection, the trust is now rated as Good for being caring, effective, responsive and well-led. The trust remains Requires Improvement for being safe. Overall, the trust has significantly improved from a ‘requires improvement’ to a ‘Good’ rating.

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