Sport and Exercise Medicine

Closure of the RNOH Dance, Sports & 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.

The timeline for service closure has had to be accelerated by the resignation of the service’s sole consultant. The service will now close on the 31st of August 2019. As a result, no further appointments can be booked in Dance, Sports and Exercise Medicine clinics. We are reviewing our existing caseload to ensure patients are referred on to an appropriate alternative service.

Alternative NHS providers include:

We appreciate that there is a limited time frame to communicate with patients in the individualised manner that we would aspire to. While this is regrettable, the above circumstances leave us with few options. Undoubtedly a sincere apology is due to all affected parties for the distress and inconvenience this situation will cause.

Dancers seeking appointments with dance medicine specialists can find further information on National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

Patients with further concerns or questions regarding the closure of the service should contact the RNOH’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service via rnoh.pals@nhs.net / Phone: 020 8909 5439 / 020 8909 5383.

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