More patients to be seen closer to home thanks to new clinic base in county town

Release Date: 07/10/2019

More patients to be seen closer to home thanks to new clinic base in county town

A permanent home has been found for a clinic for patients with musculoskeletal health problems in the county town of Shrewsbury, in a bid to bring the service closer to those accessing it.

The Shropshire Orthopaedic Outreach Service (SOOS) now has a permanent base at Louise House, located on Roman Road in Shrewsbury.

The service, which is delivered by The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, has undergone a rapid expansion over the past 18 months, with a number of locations secured in the county, to offer convenient access to patients, who won’t have to travel long distances to be seen.

The service assesses about 12,000 patients in Shropshire per year – providing support for patients who would benefit from treatments such as physiotherapy – whilst ensuring those who need surgical intervention get it.

SOOS triage GP referrals, assesses the patient and makes a diagnosis  to determine what treatment options are appropriate for the patient.

Last year, the Trust announced the launch of SOOS at RJAH and its expansion into the county, when clinics started operating out of Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton, Whitchurch and Ludlow community hospitals, Radbrooke, South Hermitage and Albrighton GP practices. While, the service at Oswestry Health Village has now ceased.

SOOS is one of the newest additions to Shropshire Council-run Louise House, which also houses a number of other services, including charities such as A4U, Positive Steps, Sensory Impairment and Shared Lives, as well as two other NHS services – Shropshire Community Health Trust’s Falls and Respiratory teams.

Dr Chris Tomlinson, Clinical Lead for SOOS, said: “This new clinic location is a fantastic step in the right direction for SOOS, and represents yet another improvement in the quality of service we can offer our patients by being able to see them closer to home.

Nina White, SOOS Service Manager, said: “Having a permanent base in the county town is great progress, and will make things so much easier for patients in the Shrewsbury area accessing our services. Louise House is a great fit for us, as it houses a wide range of organisations and services, giving it more of a ‘hub’ feel than anything. The location itself is fantastic.

“I must stress that we are continuing to look at ways in which we can offer clinics at other sites in the South of the  county, and will ensure that our patients are kept updated on progress on this, when we have it.”

For more information about SOOS, visit the dedicated section of the Trust website here.


Photo caption: From left, Dr Richard Woollam, General Practitioner with Special Interest; Sue Marshall, SOOS Medical Secretary; Dr Chris Tomlinson, Clinical Lead for SOOS; Nina White, SOOS Service Manager; and Louise Smith-Williams, Extended Scope Podiatrist.

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