PODIATRY: Apart from Thursdays, our Podiatry clinic is available every day, including Saturday. We are hoping to expand the available times further still and Kelly Clews is currently looking at taking on an associate. This will hopefully happen before the end of the year once we have found the right person to fill the post.

Kelly has recently been appointed as Pre Surgical Trainee for Guys and St Thomas’s Trust. Kelly has always had a keen interest in Podiatric surgery and is delighted to have achieved this position which will help her to diagnose and treat more complex surgical conditions. This post will involve one day per week in surgery, currently every Thursday.

SPORTS MASSAGE: Catherine Alexander and Richard Puxty were both very busy in the Spring treating marathon runners. The boom in running seems to have remained and they continue to assist with associated injuries. However they also treat many other conditions: Catherine in particular has recently completed courses related to pregnancy and Pilates. She is hoping to start running some classes, although due to space restrictions at present at Springbank clinic, the courses are limited for the time being.

OSTEOPATHY: Dawn, Mark and Clarissa have all had a busy time recently taking interesting CPD courses. These always either bring up thought provoking ideas or offer new theories in how to use existing techniques, etc. Mark recently took part in an evening debate at the GOSC (General Osteopathic Council) considering the ‘Duty of Candour’ – basically about openness and honesty in the medical profession. This is something that we are confident that our practitioners are all very good at here at Springbank Clinic. However the evening brought up some interesting examples which highlighted the delicate balance between what is best for patients to be made aware of and what may simply cause anxiety. A few days after the course Mark happened to be watching the programme ‘24 Hours in A&E’ and noted the way an Orthopaedic Specialist delivered his thoughts that a patient who had fallen and broken his arm, may have something “suspicious” from looking at the X-ray. When the patient asked what that might be, “cancer” was the blunt reply. The specialist then left the patient, who was understandably in shock, completely alone. In that case would a better approach have been to do a scan first to confirm the condition one way or the other before upsetting the patient – in this case unnecessarily as in actual fact there was no cancer. We must always be open and honest, but first need either good evidence or lack of positive findings to give our patients confidence in the best possible diagnosis.

As practitioners we do try to regularly treat each other as it is very good to experience things from our patients’ perspective. We are used to seeing bodies on a daily basis and are therefore all very relaxed about taking items of clothing off for treatment. However we do appreciate that this is not the case for everyone and try do everything we can to be discreet and put our patients at ease.

If you have any feedback for us on your experience of any of these issues here at the clinic – positive or negative – we would really appreciate hearing from you.