New weekend clinic focuses on rapid diagnosis and treatment
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgeons (OS) are to expand their daily specialist paediatric services with the launch of a weekend trauma and sports medicine clinic for children and adolescents. The clinic will operate in partnership with London’s Cromwell Hospital every day, and now also on Saturdays complementing the existing range of broad paediatric services.
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgeons (OS) provide a comprehensive range of services for children delivered daily across various hospitals. The new clinic is a welcome addition allowing experienced Consultants to assist same day with sports related injuries and trauma, and with paediatric specialists with knowledge of how best to treat even younger children.
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgeons (OS) provide dedicated paediatric specialists who are experts in their areas. They treat a broad of range of sports injuries, ligament and tendon problems, and trauma. The team comprises specialists in every area (e.g. knee, ankle, elbow, shoulder, spine and wrists; and ligament injuries, for example, an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.) and can provide diagnosis, stability, treatment and where necessary, surgery.
Mr Ali Noorani, Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, Shoulder, Elbow & Upper Limb and Medical Director at Orthopaedic Specialists says; “Our goal is to provide excellence in treating children and young adults. We are delighted to be offering a dedicated service for young people tailored to their needs and offering the absolute best in orthopaedic expertise, treatment and patient service. This is a clinic that puts the child at the forefront, and a place where we can make important decisions at the right time to make a lasting positive impact on the child’s health and wellbeing.”
Tom Crompton, Paediatric Consultant Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon says; “The biggest thing to keep in mind when dealing with younger and growing children is to reassure parents and support them when children don’t need an operation. The skill of a paediatric specialist is knowing and trusting when bones will heal themselves. Most young children’s fractures can be managed differently, and we don’t want a child to have an operation when they don’t need it. It is crucial, especially with younger children that you see a specialist who is experienced in treating younger children’s bones. We also want to consider the child’s future and use a treatment that is going to support growth and positive long-term outcome.”
Professor Adrian Wilson, ACL and knee injury expert said; “It is extremely important when treating young people and adolescents that we see them as soon as possible after injury. Rapid action and diagnosis mean that the young person can start their treatment as soon as possible whether that is a brace, a plaster or sometimes even surgery. It is also really important to manage pain and minimise time spent waiting in hospital so we can treat pain right away often by immobilising the injured limb, calming the patient before we begin diagnosis and treatment.”
Consultants and specialist nurses are available to support in immediate assessment, subsequent investigations where necessary and the urgent commencement of any treatment required. Parents or sports coaches can call the dedicated phoneline and be connected to one of the consultants.
If your child experiences an injury on a Saturday, for example, on the sports field, please do call our dedicated Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine appointments team on 020 7341 5032.