Bupa-owned Cromwell Hospital in Kensington has launched a paediatric sports medicine clinic for children and adolescents.
The Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine clinic is being opened as weekend sports clubs return following the latest lockdown. It will be accessible on Saturdays, offering consultant-led advice and treatment the same day if required.
Queries relating to ligament injuries, sprains and other non-urgent injuries will be taken over the phone by a consultant orthopedic surgeon. If they think a child needs to be seen, they will invite them for an on-site outpatient consultation with treatment commencing the same day.
Where surgery is needed, children can be admitted to the hospital’s Skyline children’s ward, which has specially trained paediatric nurses and physiotherapists. Children with breaks, dislocated joints, head injuries or requiring urgent care will be directed to A&E.
Professor Adrian Wilson, consultant orthopaedic and specialist knee surgeon the hospital said: ‘Our one-stop Sports Medicine clinic is the only clinic in London where you can see a consultant orthopaedic surgeon the same day as your injury, receive the appropriate imaging and treatment, such as plaster cast immobilisation.
‘With sports injuries, the faster it can be assessed and treated the better the outcome. We’ve seen many injuries left untreated, which extends recovery time as well as being painful. For children who play sport competitively, getting a rapid assessment and onto the right treatment path, means they’ll recover quickly and be back on the pitch or court as soon as possible.’
The clinic is open from 8am till 6pm every Saturday (excluding bank holiday weekends) with follow-up and further care provided mid-week.