A free specialist clinic for treating dancers’ injuries is to open in Birmingham from tomorrow (November 29), following the original London service that was launched last year.
The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, a partnership of organisations including advocacy body Dance UK and Birmingham Royal Ballet, has announced it will open the new specialist service at the NHS’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
As with the London clinic – which was opened at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital last May – the Birmingham centre will be free and available to all dancers.
It will work in partnership with the BRB’s existing Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries, which was established by the dance company in 2002.
Around £140,000 has been raised by NIDMS to establish this second clinic by expanding the services provided by the hospital’s specialist exercise medicine consultant and physiotherapist for dancers.
This further specialist centre has been created due to the demand for the London service, which treated more than 200 dancers in its first year and will now be self-funded by the NHS.
Helen Laws, manager of NIDMS, said: “Our ultimate vision is that wherever there is a high concentration of dancers, we would ideally need a hub of a certain level of medical care and ideally dance science support.
“Birmingham was the natural next place because it already has a concentration of dance science experts and has had for a long time that fantastic facility at BRB. It was obvious that we just needed to get the NHS contact in Birmingham, and we were able to make that through our partners.”
She added: “In the future, we hope hubs for this medical care can take place in Leeds, Glasgow or Edinburgh and through a base in the south- west as well. This would mean there is geographical accessibility for dancers across the UK.”
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