Centre for Dance 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.

How to get referred to the clinic

To be seen in the clinic the dancer will require a letter of referral from their GP to Dr Wolman. One Dance UK can provide additional advice regarding this. Once the referral is received by the hospital an appointment will be sent to the dancer.

If you require further information regarding the clinic, please contact:

  1. Dr Wolman’s secretary on 020 8385 3040 or
  2. One Dance UK on 020 7713 0730

About Dr Wolman

Dr Roger Wolman is a consultant in rheumatology and sport and exercise medicine and is the RNOH’s representative on the NIDMS Steering Committee. He has been the medical advisor to One Dance UK for many years and has provided medical support for many dance companies in London. He has set up a weekly specialist dance medicine clinic on the NHS. His doctoral thesis was on osteoporosis in dancers and athletes and he now runs a specialist Bone Clinic to deal with these problems as well as other bone-related injuries. He also has a particular interest in the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and runs a specialists clinic for patients with this disorder.

About NIDMS

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is the result of a visionary partnership between One Dance UK, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham and the RNOH. Together, these institutions employ world leading experts in dance medicine and science, research, education and treatment.

Find out more at the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science press contacts:

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Press contact: Tony Higgins, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 8909 5349
Email: tony.higgins@nhs.net
www.rnoh.nhs.uk

One Dance UK/ NIDMS
Press contact: Helen Laws
Tel: 020 7713 0730 or 020 7940 9804
Email: manager@onedanceuk.org

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