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ROH services running business as usual

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Media coverage of non-urgent cases postponed across the NHS – ROH running business as usual

You may have seen in the news that many non-urgent operations have been postponed due to the widespread winter pressures faced by hospitals across the country. Please be assured that ROH is not affected by this decision, and all of our services are running business as usual.

Surgeons lend a hand in Sierra Leone

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Last month, a group of Birmingham hand surgeons travelled over 4,000 miles from Birmingham to Sierra Leone to offer their surgical skills to local people.

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The surgeons, who work at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham, spent a week in West Africa treating almost 100 patients at The Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, the largest city in northern Sierra Leone.

 

Hand and reconstructive surgery is very complex and operating in an unfamiliar hospital made it more challenging than usual. Despite the lack of resources and hot weather the team managed to perform 20 operations alongside the dedicated hospital staff.

 

The trip, which took six months to plan, was initially delayed by an Ebola outbreak. But with the support of a charity called ReSurge Africa and The British Society for Surgery of the Hand, the trip was a success.

 

Mr Michael Waldram, Clinical Director of Hand Surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield (pictured) said;

 

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“It was a privilege to work with cheerful staff at the hospital and to offer treatment to people who need it. They couldn’t have been more helpful and it really makes you appreciate NHS resources.

 

Our long term goal is to support the hospital to establish a surgical team. There is a lot of need in Makeni and we were grateful to offer help in any way we could.”

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Sierra Leone has limited access to healthcare following a 10-year civil war which devastated the country. The Holy Spirit Hospital was founded by a local Catholic Bishop in response to the absence of medical care in the region.

 

The charity ReSurge Africa aim to establish a reconstructive surgery and burns service in West Africa, through the training and empowerment of local doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists.

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 1 November 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 1 November 2017
commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
 
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.
 
Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board
Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press
and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other
special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Life-changing op for young ballet dancer

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Photo credit: Les Wilson: www.leswilson.com 

Alice Rossington, from Grantham, Lincs, celebrated the start of her bone cancer remission two weeks ago with an inspiring 60ft walk. Watch the video here: 

 

The video of her heroic walk two weeks ago after treatment for a rare and aggressive bone cancer, and a remarkable reconstruction of her leg, has become an internet viral phenomenon. Her courage as she fought to reclaim her future captured the heart of the nation. Hundreds of thousands of strangers have now watched her extraordinary walk online, and Radio 2 breakfast show DJ Chris Evans brought the story to his nine million listeners by dedicating an entire show to her.

Our amazing surgeons at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital helped to save Alice's leg. They cut out the tumour and replaced her femur with titanium rods from just below her hip to her shin. She still has her own kneecap for cosmetic reasons, but the load of the leg is carried by a hinged metal joint.

Alice hopes to be walking without crutches in six months to a year and is determined to be as fit as she can in time for January, when she expects to take up the school place waiting for her at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School – where Margaret Thatcher was once a pupil. Alice nailed the tough 11-plus entry exam while suffering from cancer.  She also plans to dance again and said;

‘One day I hope to dance again. That’s my aim, to be back in my costume, wearing my make-up, on stage with my friends. My dance teacher has offered to get me back into her studio as soon as I am able. It will be for stretching and strengthening exercises at first, but I am dreaming of the day I can dance again.’

We're proud of Alice and the progress and determination she has shown. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital carries out life-changing surgery everyday and it's fantastic to see the difference it makes.

Read Alice's full story on the Daily Mail website 

 

By Sarah Oliver and Andy Young For The Mail On Sunday
PUBLISHED: 22:00, 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 23:21, 28 October 2017

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New BCSB Safeguarding Campaign launches

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Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business
New safeguarding campaign from Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), a partnership of agencies who work together to prevent child abuse and neglect, have today launched a campaign to raise awareness that ‘keeping children safe is everybody’s business’.

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The campaign focuses on raising community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child.

There were over 58,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016.  Most cases go unreported, leaving children to suffer in silence.  The BSCB wants to make sure that organisations are in a position to support families and to do this well, they need the public to be able to tell them early, when they spot signs of distress or concern.  This is about empowering communities in Birmingham to recognise the signs and know what they can do to help stop child abuse.

Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Schools said, “Abuse and neglect comes in many different forms and this campaign will help members of the public to spots the signs and take positive action, by calling the Children’s Advice & Support Service.”

Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair of the BSCB said “We recognised that some communities were unsure of who to contact if they were concerned about a child or young person.  Sometimes people are reluctant to make that call for fear that they will be seen as interfering, or in some cases they are concerned about the consequences. We want to raise public confidence about when to ring and who to ring.  The Children’s Advice & Support Service have professionals on hand to listen and take appropriate action to protect the child or young person.  It is about getting the right help, at the right to time. 

We want to make sure that everyone knows that ‘keeping children safe is everybody’s business’ and that if they have concerns that they need to make that call.”

Find out more about BSCB. Read BSCB publications here:

Recent Publications

Plans & Strategy

BSCB Campaigns

National Guidelines

Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors

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Notice is hereby given to all of the members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that the following meetings of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on 5 October 2017:
 
Meeting Timing
Public session 1400h – 1600h
 
The business to be transacted is provided on this pdf agenda (4.85 MB) .
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 4 October 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 commencing at 1130h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
 
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is pdf available on the website (7.24 MB) .

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960
Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution