COVID-19 Testing Service Update

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Following an increased demand within the wider community, unfortunately, Prime Health is no longer able to offer tests that confirm if someone currently has COVID-19.

Until now we have been able to provide these (PCR) tests to those requiring a COVID Fit to Fly, travel certification or suchlike. However, although we will aim to honour any tests already booked, in order to release testing capacity within laboratories to individuals that urgently need it, this service is no longer available.

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5 stretches to include in your new daily work schedule

Posted on in Fitness, Sports injury

For many adults, working from home offers a number of advantages; no daily commute, a flexible schedule and no office distractions. However, as home working becomes the new normal, there is an ongoing disadvantage which an increasing number of people are experiencing.

When lockdown was enforced, all over the land offices and ergonomically designed workspaces were replaced with make-shift desks in bedrooms and on the kitchen table. And, after spending weeks hunched over their laptops, bad posture and working at poorly set up workstations, home workers are experiencing an increase in aches and pains across the back, neck, and shoulders.

Often just put down to normal daily discomfort and left largely ignored, if left unresolved they could have a much longer-term impact on mobility and posture.

Ele King, Sports Massage Therapist at Prime Health shares five simple stretches to ease the aches and strains felt after periods of time sitting down or working on a computer at a desk.

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Our commitment to you during the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Committed as we are to maintaining high levels of service, we understand that you may have anxiety about health and treatment at this time, and want to offer our patients reassurance about our services. We have summarised below Frequently Asked Questions which patients and referring healthcare professionals may have during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

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At this time we face a rapidly evolving situation that is unprecedented in modern life but we want to assure all our patients and colleagues of the work being done behind the scenes to support our centres and services.

Our clinical team is led by our Chief Medical Officer (Paul Zollinger-Read CBE) and our Head of Clinical Services (Sarah Whittaker) who are both in regular contact with our colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to ensure we stay up to date with the latest information and guidance. They, in turn, hold regular briefings with the wider team to pass on updates and advice on best practice and support our teams with any questions that they may have. We are extremely proud of the responses of our team as they have risen to the challenges that this pandemic has brought to us all.

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How to train in Winter and Avoid a Sports Injury

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Winter sports training throws up multiple issues that you need to be aware of. So how do you continue to maintain your training throughout winter without the risk of gaining an injury?

The first thing you should do is not to be put off from training during cold, wet or icy conditions. Instead, you should follow safe training recommendations and expert advice offered by our sports therapists and clinicians at Prime Health.

No matter whether you are a dedicated sports enthusiast taking part in triathlons, or a passionate weekend warrior that gives it your all at the weekends for your local rugby or football club, it makes perfect sense for you to want to help prevent yourself from sustaining a sports injury that can seriously affect your performance.

When the UK experiences short days, bad weather and cold temperatures all day long, it can be challenging to keep up your training routine. However, there are many benefits to training during the winter.

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Prime Health to host a series of evening lectures with Sports Medicine Consultant, Dr Tham Wedatilake

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Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Dr Tham Wedatilake, will host two educational talks at Prime Health over the next 2 months.

With only limited spaces available, we invite Allied Health Professionals from across Surrey to join us for these exclusive 1-hour talks at our state-of-the-art centre in Weybridge, Surrey.

Wednesday 30 October 2019 18.30-19.30 – Hamstring Injuries- making return to play decisions?

Wednesday 27 November 18.30-19.30 – Interventions to treat tendinopathy – an evidence-based approach.

There are 30 places available for each talk and spaces are filling fast. To book your place, please contact our Reception Team on 01932 504999.

About the Speaker:

Dr Tham Wedatilake MBBCh (Hons) MRCP FFSEM Dip.SEM(GB&I) completed his Sports and Exercise Medicine specialist training at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

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An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Guide to the Top Five Winter Sports Injuries

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With the winter ski season almost around the corner, A& E departments across Europe will be preparing for the large increase in patients presenting with injuries sustained on the slopes. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, avoiding injury can either make (or break) your winter getaway.  

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Richard Sinnerton, who practices at Prime Health and the London Upper Limb Unit, is well accustomed to treating patients who have fallen victim to the winter sports curse and here he shares his guide to the top winter sports injuries and provides expert advice on how to avoid them:

“A bit like waiting to hear the first cuckoo of spring, when winter rolls in orthopaedic surgeons try to spot the first skiing injury of the season” says Richard. “They can usually be spotted in the waiting room wearing a rather complex sling, sporting a Day-Glo coloured plaster cast or leaning on a very swanky crutch: all much grander than their NHS equivalents!

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Jodi heads to Japan

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We are proud to announce that Prime Health Sports Massage Therapist, Jodi Clarke, joins the England Rugby team in their pursuit to be crowned World Champions at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Having taken a temporary break from her clinic at Prime Health earlier this year, Jodi joins the England Rugby team as their soft tissue therapist to ensures players are recovered and prepared for the gruelling demands of the games they face at every stage of the World Cup competition.

From all of us here at Prime Health, we wish the England Rugby team the greatest of success and will be cheering them on for every game. 
Head over to our Facebook page for updates on Jodi’s World Cup experience.


Prime Health launches dedicated new packages for golf and sports enthusiasts affected by injury

Posted on in Golf Injury, Sports injury

Prime Health is proud to announce the launch of two new services at their world-class healthcare centre at St George’s Hill in Weybridge.

The two new services, a Golf Injury Package and Sports Injury Package are led by our expert sports medicine team and aim to offer patients suffering from either a golf or sport related injury a fast, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis package, which includes:

  • An initial consultation with a specialist sports and exercise medicine consultant
  • Diagnostic scanning (3TMRI/x-ray/ultrasound) of the injured area to determine the injury and ensure an accurate diagnosis
  • A follow-up consultation with a sports and exercise medicine consultant for the results and a treatment management plan

The packages are available at a fixed price and require no GP referral.

Appointments are available on both weekdays and weekends appointments.

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Golf Injury Clinic

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How To Avoid Golfing Injuries And Aid Performance

Posted on in Golf Injury, Sports injury

Golf is enjoyed by almost 4 million people in the UK alone and in general, is considered a safe sport with a low risk of injury. However, a report carried out by United States of America National Center for Health Statistics in 2016 revealed that golf is no longer as low risk as originally thought and instead the sport caused a higher number of recreational injuries than rugby, hockey and even boxing.

Furthermore, research by the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that 15.8% to 40.9% of amateur golfers suffer an injury on an annual basis, with lower back ailments being the main injury culprits.

Like any sport, minimising the risk of injury is paramount. Not only can an injury impact performance on the course, but it can also play a significant role in affecting day to day life if left untreated.

Top 10 tips to minimise a golf injury

Prime Health, is one of only 4 accredited European Tour International Clinics and treats both amateur and professional golfers on the full spectrum of golfing related injuries.

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