March 2010 Matron's Blog

Keep up-to-date with current health issues and hospital news with this blog, updated by Louise Daniel, Matron at Spire Bristol Hospital.

Beckham injury is not necessarily a “career ender”

23rd March

David Beckham’s ambitions to be the first Englishman to play in four World Cup Finals are over after he tore his Achilles tendon at the weekend playing for AC Milan. 

Whatever your thoughts about Mr Beckham you have to feel sympathy towards his situation not least because, at the age of 34, many believe this could be a career-ending injury.

However, recent years have seen massive advances in the treatment of sports injuries through superior technology, pioneering surgical techniques and scientifically-proven rehabilitation programmes.

Here at Spire Bristol Hospital we offer a full range of sports injury treatments to both professional and amateur sports men and women, and carry out more than 2,500 orthopaedic procedures a year.

And, when treating a patient with a sport’s injury we not only provide surgery but we also measure basic fitness levels and gait, using special equipment which helps to reduce recovery times.

So my final message is that while it is unfortunate that Mr Beckham will not be anywhere near fit enough to take part in the World Cup in June, I wouldn’t go as far as to rule out his eventual return to football at some level in the future.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

15th March

We know that cancer affects many people in the UK but do you know which type of cancer is the most common in men?

The answer is prostate cancer, and it is estimated that one man dies every hour because of it in the UK. In fact, it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in UK men after lung cancer.

What’s more, almost 60 per cent of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men aged over 70 years, but it is important to emphasise that the vast majority - more than three quarters - of men who are diagnosed with it now survive the disease beyond five years.

With that in mind it feels appropriate to talk about Prostate Cancer Awareness Month which is happening throughout March with a campaign entitled: “Don’t Let Prostate Cancer Hide.”

Symptoms of prostate cancer include a weak or reduced urine flow, and needing to go to the loo more often in the night. If your GP thinks you might have prostate cancer they will carry out a simple urine or blood test.

Below is a list of “risk factors” for prostate cancer, but before that it’s worth noting that, if diagnosed early, it can be treated successfully, and Spire Bristol Hospital offers a range of treatments including pioneering green light laser and keyhole surgery, all of which have been successful in combating the disease.

As a hospital we are sponsoring Run for the Future, a charity event organised by the Bristol Urological Institute and backed by TV personality Carol Vorderman which aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

This event takes place in September, and it would be great if you could get involved by either running yourself, or sponsoring someone you know. Please do all you can to support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to stop this disease, which kills so many people every year, from being “the hidden cancer”.

Some risk factors for prostate cancer:

  • Age – this is the strongest factor with very low risk to men aged under 50, but an increasing risk thereafter
  • Close relatives – if you have a close relative (father, brother, son) diagnosed with prostate cancer there is a much higher risk of you developing the disease
  • Ethnicity – West African and Caribbean-descent men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men, and men born in Asia have a lower risk of the disease than men born in the UK.
  • In short, if you are at all concerned, go to your GP and get yourself checked  out.

    Pain Management

    4th March

    Ongoing pain is something that affects many of us in the UK, in fact according to this interesting piece of research up to 8 million of us suffer from it and there are now calls for pain to be recognised as a disease in its own right.

    Whether it’s pain in your back, face or any other part of your body, it’s vital that you should see a specialist as soon as possible.

    Spire Bristol Hospital offers a range of procedures carried out by experts in their field including physiotherapy, facial clinic and a spinal clinic for people with back, neck, arm and leg problems.

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    Louise Daniel:
    Matron at Spire Bristol Hospital

    Louise Daniel, Spire Bristol Hospital's Matron, has been working at the hospital for over 20 years.

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