Dr Caitlyn Dowson explains how Haywood rheumatology centre provides musculoskeletal care for patients, closer to home.
Haywood rheumatology centre is based at Haywood Hospital, a community hospital which is part of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, an integrated health and social care provider. It serves a population of between 600,000 and 1 million patients from Staffordshire and the Shropshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire borders.
The centre has a dedicated inpatient ward with 10 beds, a day-case unit providing treatment and rehabilitation for rheumatology patients, physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments, and x-ray, ultrasound and DEXA scanning facilities to diagnose osteoporosis.
Innovative features include clinical partnership working between consultant rheumatologists and consultant nurses or physiotherapists, the development of new roles within the service, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.
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