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Charity swim doubt for injured Chester doctor

5th August 2009

A Chester clinician’s fundraising success is in jeopardy weeks before attempting to swim solo across the English Channel. Dr Steve Brearey has been seeking expert healthcare after damaging his wrist during an eight-hour training session off the coast of Wales.

Steve, a consultant paediatrician at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital, experienced severe pain in his right wrist which left him unable to pull while doing the front crawl.

He has since been seeing experts at Spire Liverpool Hospital’s Bone and Joint Centre for Intersection Syndrome, a condition which can affect people who do repeated wrist actions.

Steve is hoping to raise £10,000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice at Bebington, Wirral. He had planned to attempt the gruelling 30-mile swim on July 27 but the challenge was put back following the injury.

Steve completed the challenge last year as part of a four-man relay team.

Speaking about the treatment, Dr Daniel Brown, an orthopaedic consultant at Spire, said: “In Dr Brearey’s case, with such a tight schedule, the important thing was for treatment to be fast and effective. An injection of an anti-inflammatory steroid would give him the best chance of being fit for his swim.

Traditionally this injection is done blindly which can be a bit ‘hit and miss’. “Fortunately, with the expertise of my radiology colleagues at Spire Liverpool Hospital and the high-tech ultrasound equipment available, the inflamed area of his wrist can be visualised on the scanner and a needle directed towards it.

“In this way the powerful anti-inflammatory medication, can be injected with extreme precision into the area of inflammation. Such targeted pain relief is generally much more effective than conventional methods.”

Steve, who lives in Waverton, said: “Fortunately, The Bone and Joint Centre were able to fit treatment around my work and training schedule, which means I don’t need to miss out on vital preparation.

The one-stop-shop approach they have meant that my condition was quickly diagnosed and treated. “I am travelling to Dover this weekend in preparation for the best tide which is due around July 30.

“After a year of training for this I really don’t want to lose out on making much needed money for Claire House.”

To make a donation and to read Steve’s blog visit:


"I completed the crossing on Friday 31st July in 11 hours and 23 minutes, leaving Sanphire Hoe at 5am in darkness and arriving at Cap Gris Nez in the early evening. It was the third successful crossing this year out of 10 attempts.

Had a tough period between 7 and 9 hours that cleared after 3 large vomits! Jessica, Rob, Colin and Tom were a fantastic crew all the way and Ray and Les guided the boat and me on a perfect route. Thanks too to the physios in Chester and Dan Brown in Liverpool for a miraculous job getting my wrist working again - I had no pain from it on the big day, despite not being able to swim with the injury until 9 days ago.

Thanks to everyone who has helped and donated over the last year. It is not too late to donate if you were waiting to see if I was going to get across first!"

Yours thankfully with sore shoulders!


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by Hayley Maguire, 1 August 2009

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