By: 2 April 2018
New cutting-edge orthopaedic research centre opens in London

A new Research and Outcomes Centre equipped with the latest high-tech orthopaedic equipment has opened within the refurbished centre of excellence for orthopaedics and sports medicine

London Sports Orthopaedics is a group of orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, rheumatologists and pain specialists based at 31 Old Broad Street, in central London, and closely linked to London Bridge Hospital. The clinic has undergone a major refurbishment, which has been designed to improve orthopaedic care for patients and to drive clinical audit, research, training and education.

The clinic at 31 Old Broad Street offers a range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal diagnostic services for patients, including digital X-rays, ultrasound and super-high-res 3T MRI scanning. The new Research and Outcomes Centre is the centrepiece of the newly refurbished clinic, and the centre has been equipped with cutting-edge high-tech kit to allow detailed assessment of patients’ performance and outcomes measures, including pre- and post-op testing to assess the effectiveness of treatments.

The centre has a new top-of-the-range Biodex Isokinometer, for highly accurate and reproducible testing of strength, speed and power. The centre is also the first in the UK to have a KneeKG unit for 3D video gait analysis. The centre is staffed by a dedicated team, including a clinical nurse specialist and research physiotherapists, backed up by senior orthopaedic consultants with extensive experience in research, making it the focal point of a modernised cutting-edge orthopaedic centre.

The centre was officially opened on 18 January by ex-patient, John Baron MP, alongside Ian McDermott, specialist knee surgeon at London Bridge Hospital and managing partner of the London Sports Orthopaedics practice, and Mike Neeb, president and chief executive of HCA Healthcare UK.

Ian McDermott said: “Our research team will be undertaking a range of projects, which will ultimately help improve patient care and ensure that we provide the very best and most effective cutting-edge treatments for our patients.

“To facilitate research at the centre, the newly-founded Sports Orthopaedics Research Foundation (SORF) has been established as an independent body that is currently going through what are hopefully the final stages of the registration process with The Charities Commission for the foundation to become a formal registered charity. SORF has been set up as an entity to help generate funding to support projects and to support training and educational initiatives, which will help make the centre a busy focal point for innovation and excellence in clinic care.”

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