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Staff physiotherapy service proves worthwhile
Staff physiotherapy service proves worthwhile
THE man behind a physiotherapy service for members of staff at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has said that the initiative has proved really worthwhile. 
The service, which is being run in conjunction with the trust's occupational health department, was launched for a year trial period on May 1. 
It is designed to offer staff members easy access to assessment and treatment and includes a weekly drop-in clinic. 
Clinical specialist physiotherapist Jonathan Sheppard devised and runs the service.

Firm continues growth with opening of new offices
DM ORTHOTICS has opened a new facility in Redruth to confirm the continued growth of the company over the last few years.  
The site houses the world administration, research and development, training room and production of the world renowned Dynamic Movement Orthoses. 
The success of the DMO range has enabled the company to invest heavily in research and development, culminating in new products, patents and markets all backed up by clinical evidence.  
The DMO range continues to grow in options ranging from dorsiflex socks (providing a dynamic orthosis to provide another option for children with hemiplegia who find the rigid AFOs difficult to tolerate) to scoliosis suits (used to prevent and/reduce curves in children with neurologically originating scoliosis).

Hospital's new sports clinic up and running
A NEW sports medicine clinic is up and running at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with everyone from joggers to elite athletes being treated. 
The new service is provided by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust following government campaigns aimed at encouraging more people to get active. 
It is the brainchild of the Trust's professor of clinical traumatology, professor Sir Keith Porter, and head of therapy services, Yvonne Pettigrew. The first informal clinic was attended by junior British fencer Laura Hunter-Thomas. 
Dr Leon Creaney, consultant in sport and exercise medicine at the hospital, said the new clinic would be open to any level of sport.

Show jumper praises carers after breaking neck
Show jumper praises carers after breaking neck
AN Olympic show jumper has praised the care he received at a specialist hospital after breaking his neck. 
Tim Stockdale, who has represented Great Britain almost 50 times, was transferred to the world-renowned Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries after falling from his horse while riding in Mid-Wales, where he is set to remain for several weeks. 
The accident resulted in a double fracture of his neck, which is being treated conservatively rather than with surgery.

Pioneering surgery for fitness fanatic
Pioneering surgery for fitness fanatic
A FITNESS fanatic grandad has had the first operation of its kind in Europe to rid him of pain so severe that he has not had a night's sleep in more than five months. 
65-year-old Colin Chiltern from Staffordshire had a total hip replacement at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby using a new instrument that surgeons believe could revolutionise how they perform one of the most common type of operations in the NHS. 
During hip surgery the damaged and worn parts of the original joint are removed before a new artificial hip is put in. In the majority of cases there are no problems and the new artificial hip socket goes in the right place.

Rugby players put through their paces
Rugby players put through their paces
RUGBY League team Wigan Warriors are already preparing for the forthcoming season with help from the University of Central Lancashire.\\r\\nThe first team players are back in training and were put through their paces by staff and students from the University's Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Science.\\r\\nThe CASES team spent the day in the University's laboratories testing the Warriors players against a range of physiological and biomechanical checks as part of the club's pre-season fitness tests.
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