Six leading orthopaedic surgeons from the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Hospital in Stanmore (RNOH) have launched a dedicated private centre at Spire Bushey Hospital, near Watford.
The Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre will provide GPs and patients with a private centre of excellence for hip and knee procedures, as well as orthopaedic oncological treatments. Like the RNOH, the Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre will act as a regional specialist centre serving the entire south of England and is open to self-paying patients as well as those with private medical insurance.
Supported by a specialist clinical team including anaesthetists, orthopaedic nurses and senior physiotherapists, the six surgeons have expertise in an array of specific areas resulting in around 50% of their referrals coming from outside the hospital’s traditional catchment area.
With a special interest in orthopaedic oncology, Mr Pollock has an international reputation and was, last year, awarded the prestigious ABC fellowship by the British Orthopaedic Association and spent six weeks visiting pioneering orthopaedic centres in the USA.
His surgical colleagues at the Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre include Mr Tim Briggs, who has a special interest in autologous chondrocyte transplantation and is one of the surgeons for Arsenal Football Club; and Mr Richard Carrington who sub-specialises ligament reconstruction and cartilage transplantation.
Mr John Skinner is a clinical tutor at Stanmore and honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Orthopaedics; and Mr Stephen Cannon is involved in the treatment of a number of patients with difficult orthopaedic oncological problems. Completing the team is Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad, the consultant orthopaedic surgeon working with paediatric and congenital hip deformity.
Mr Pollock explains: “My colleagues and I have been seeing private patients at Spire Bushey Hospital for over twenty years. However, as surgical procedures become increasingly innovative and specialist, we have naturally developed sub-specialist interests and tend to cross-refer to ensure our patients see the most appropriate consultant.”
Over 50 GPs attended the official launch of the new centre where they met the team and learnt more about the latest techniques available for their patients.
By launching the Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre patients and their GPs can be assured that they see the consultant who has the expertise and experience most suited to their specific needs, and therefore receive the very best advice and treatment available.
Spire Bushey Hospital director, Andrew Gore, added: “We’re delighted to support the Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre which will provide an excellent service to both the local community and the south of England. With over 35 orthopaedic consultants at Spire Bushey, this new centre complements an already established and successful provision of orthopaedic treatments.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Stanmore Orthopaedic Centre and its services can contact the team on 0208 901 5547.