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Fundraising projects

New Sports Injury and Exercise Medicine Service

The NOC Appeal has raised £50,000 to provide facilities at the hospital for a new Sports Medicine Service.

At the moment, patients who are injured while participating in sporting activities benefit from a rather fragmented and patchy NHS service in Oxfordshire. The NOC has developed plans to ensure a high quality service for our local population.

This will be a refinement of the existing NHS service. Children and adults who are injured when exercising or playing sport will now receive a fast track referral to this excellent new service provided by the hospital. Referal to this service will be via their GP or physiotherapist thus lessening the strain on GP time and providing patients with better care.

The creation of oxsport@noc which is supported by GPs and the University, is in line with the government's committment to increase physical activity levels to tackle an obese and sedentary nation. Other national policy initiatives include the School Sport Strategy.

There were 700,000 sports related emergency admissions in 2002 with poor NHS rehabilitation and aftercare. oxsport@noc has access to physiotherapists, rheumatologists, radiologist, orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists and orthotists. This state of the art one stop facility will reduce current outpatient orthopaedic and rheumatology waiting lists at the hospital. There are a significant number of patients with sports related injuries at present attending the NOC who when redirected to this new service will receive a much quicker and more co-ordinated service which will lessen outpatient waiting times considerably.

Botnar Research Centre

Botnar Research CentreThe research arm of the department is largely housed in the Botnar Research Centre on the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre site. Being situated in the grounds of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre puts the Botnar in a unique position with basic researchers working alongside clinicians. This substantially improves the research capacity of the centre, improving researchers access to patients, and facilitating the interaction between clinicians and basic scientists that is essential for successful medical research.

The teaching, clinical trials and administration of the department is housed in the new Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre hospital buildings. In recent years departmental researchers have been involved in trials across a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other bone diseases, inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, and various orthopaedic surgical interventions.

Orthopaedics was recognised as an academic discipline at the University of Oxford when Gathorne Girdlestone, a prominent member of the NOC (known as the Wingfield-Morris Orthopaedic Hospital) was appointed as the first Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics in 1937.