Ten New Centres of Excellence will Improve Diagnosis and Treatment for Paget’s Disease of Bone
Relatively few patients with Paget’s Disease of Bone are currently referred to specialists with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Severe pain can persist unnecessarily and may lead to disability and fracture. The Paget’s Association, the only charity in the UK dedicated to Paget’s Disease of Bone, is keen to improve patient access to appropriate specialist care and address the apparent lack of understanding of this common bone condition. The charity has introduced an award to recognise hospital and university departments which demonstrate excellence in both the treatment of Paget’s disease and research into the condition.
In this, the first ever award of its kind, ten UK centres have been recognised as Centres of Excellence by the Paget’s Association. Professor Roger Francis, Chairman of the Paget’s Association explains, “Following a rigorous application and review process, the Trustees are pleased to announce that ten centres have been awarded this prestigious badge of excellence. This initiative will ensure optimal management of patients and provision of services to patients and their carers, as well as encourage much needed research. The initiative will hopefully increase awareness of the condition in health care professionals and the general public across the UK. Patients being referred to these Centres of Excellence should be reassured that they will receive the best possible care. It is anticipated that further Centres will be identified in due course, to allow easier access to specialist care right across the UK.”
The Award Winning Centres: Nov 2015
- The ten centres and their directors are:
Edinburgh: Professor Stuart Ralston at the Western General Hospital and University of Edinburgh
Newcastle Upon Tyne: Dr Terry Aspray at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
Middlesbrough: Dr Stephen Tuck at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
Sheffield: Dr Nicky Peel at the Metabolic Bone Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Salford: Professor Terry O’Neill at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford
Manchester: Professor Peter Selby at Manchester Royal Infirmary
Nottingham: Dr Peter Prinsloo at Nottingham City Hospital, in collaboration with Dr Rob Layfield’s research programme at the University of Nottingham.
Norwich: Professor Bill Fraser at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia
Stanmore: Dr Richard Keen at the Metabolic Bone Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore
Llandough and Cardiff: Dr Mike Stone at the University Hospital Llandough and Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Further details about each centre: follow this link