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NHS Big Tea Fundraisers

NHS Big Tea – Fundraisers supporting ROH

We would like to say a huge thank you to our NHS Big Tea Fundraisers who came together to support The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital this week.

Each fundraiser built an event bespoke to them and all triumphed in raising funds for our cause. Below is a brief summary of their events and why they chose to support us:

Selly Oak Trust School supports their local hospital.

Staff at Selly Oak Trust School approached us earlier this year looking to support the NHS Big Tea campaign. As a school local to us, they wanted to show their thanks and build a great fundraising partnership for the future.

The team decided to take the NHS Big Tea to a new level which involved learning from the 1940s; as the NHS was founded in 1948. The community came together to donate items for the event such at cake stands and china tea pots. Local supermarkets also kindly donated vouchers for the staff to purchase cakes.

With all the donations received the class built a 1940s tea party and decorated the room with items such as typewriters, games and suitcases which would have been used in this era.  Staff and students paid a small fee for cake and drinks and enjoyed a community relaxed feel to the day.  “It was a really lovely event, especially after the year we have just had” Sarah Newman- Teaching Assistant.

Despite having a small turn out due to social distancing, they raised an incredible £130 for our cause. We cannot thank them enough for their support.

Young adult patient gives back to the hospital she knows so well.

Hip dysplasia patient Chelsea Butler is a keen fundraiser and decided to host her first fundraising event for us, in conjunction with the NHS Birthday. “Because of the outstanding care I have received from the Young Adult Hip Department alongside physiotherapy, and what with the extremely challenging fifteen months so far, I wanted to give something back to a hospital that has given me so much.”

Chelsea worked with her local community to gain donations for prizes for her event. She received a huge array of donations from businesses such as; Esquires Coffee, Nandos and Boston Tea Party. The event involved fundraising activities such as a raffle, lucky dip and bake sale.

Chelsea and her team of helpers raised a whopping £648.28 towards our cause and we couldn’t be more proud. We would like to thank Chelsea for her determination and passion, as well as all those who donated, helped and supported her throughout her fundraising journey.

Chelsea has kindly shared her hospital story with us. “I feel passionate about raising awareness about young adult hip problems because early detection is key. Being a young adult going through hip surgeries and treatment has had its lows of pain, recoveries, judgements and worries but it’s also had its highs of making new friends, discovering hip communities and support networks I never knew existed” .

To Read Chelsea’s patient story click here.

Tea and cake with friends and family… what could be better?!

Fundraising Officer Tammy Foo set up her own NHS Big Tea last week whilst enjoying the glorious sunshine. “If you know me, you will know that I love a cuppa, at any time of the day. What better way to help the charity that I work for raise some funds than to host a tea party (with cakes and maybe a sarnie!) with some good friends!”  

Tammy baked cakes and asked for donations from those who attended to celebrate with her. Tammy is a passionate member of the fundraising team and is always keen to get her local community involved where she can. “My husband is also receiving treatment at the hospital, so it seems right to support the Trust.  We have big dreams at ROH Charity and through these small community fundraisers, hopefully we can achieve something special”

£150 was raised through Tammy’s big tea fundraiser and she sets a great example of how you can bring your family and friends together for a good cause.

To get involved in future campaigns and/or fundraising events contact the fundraising team on 0121 685 4379 or email

Dubrowsky Laboratory Update: Upcoming projects

The Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory Update:

Upcoming projects as of June 2021

Project 1. The use of biologically active bioglass in the management of metastatic bone cancers particularly in the spine.

Secondary bone cancer is sometimes called bone metastases. It happens when cancer cells from a primary tumour somewhere else in the body spread to the bones. For example, breast cancer cells that spread to the bone.

Metastatic tumours of bone, and particularly the spine, cannot be cured. The treatment uses implants/resection to give stability, removal of as much tumour as possible and is necessary to relive any spinal cord compression. Radiotherapy is always required to try and reduce the remaining tumour that cannot be removed.

Again, the use of Gallium bioglass could act as an alternative and assistant this problem, allowing a local tumour cytotoxic effect in the area of resection and a scaffold for the regrowth of bone.

As it is not possible to obtain a cure for this group of patients, it is of utmost importance that quality of life is maximised and that further surgery due to local recurrence and/or fusion/metalwork failure is minimised. This technology has the potential to deliver in both of these scenarios.

The laboratory is to be used for the in-vitro testing of the Gallium bioglass with metastatic cancer cells, gathered from consenting patients, through the ethics of the Research Tissue Bank.

This project is being funded by:

  1. Aston University

Dubrowsky Laboratory Update: Project 3

The Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory Update: Upcoming projects as of June 2021

In conjunction with Aston University there are three PhD projects currently appointed to use the laboratory.

Project 3: The use of biologically active bioglass in the management of osteosarcoma.

Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that produces immature bone. It is the most common type of cancer that arises in bones, and it is usually found at the end of long bones, often around the knee.

Curative procedures for primary bone cancer such as osteosarcoma leave a bony defect which needs to be filled with a something. This could be an endoprosthesis, an allograft (piece of donor bone) or the patient’s own sterilised bone from another part of the body to allow continued limb function. This is known as a curative resection.

If there is a requirement for bone ingrowth on to whichever technique is employed, then it is beneficial to have a scaffold to help with that. It is also known that whilst curative resections are attempted, there can be a tiny remnant of tumour left behind which is why all patients undergo a course of radiotherapy following surgery.

Bone ingrowth refers to the creation of new bone within the implant, which improves the implant’s integration into joining bones. Bioactive glass (bioglass) has been used as a scaffold for bone ingrowth for a number of years and there are commercial products available using this technology.

What is different here, is the surface coating. Professor Martin has developed a Gallium coating to the bioglass. Gallium has a locally active tumour cytotoxic effect (cancer cell death) which is thought to give extra local tumour control at the site of resection.

This project will support the development of the Gallium bioglass from the engineering laboratory, to look to establish proof of concept of the technology. In time this could lead to the development of a new therapy that could be used to improve cure rates and survival for this group of patients.

The laboratory is to be used for the in-vitro testing of the Gallium bioglass with osteosarcoma cells, gathered from consenting patients, through the ethics of the Research Tissue Bank.

This project is being funded by:

  1. Aston University.

Dubrowsky Laboratory Update: Project 2

The Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory Update: Upcoming projects as of June 2021

In conjunction with Aston University there are three PhD projects currently appointed to use the laboratory.

Project 2: The generation of a biological glue for bone regenerative medicine.

Osteoarthritis is where an inflammatory and deteriorating process occurs inside a joint leading to the loss of cartilage, exposure of the underlying bone and intense pain for the patient. This loss of cartilage means that the patients present with pain, stiffness and loss of function. Patients with osteoarthritis require long term medical and surgical therapy in the form of medication, physiotherapy and eventually surgery (often seen as total joint replacement).

Early in the osteoarthritic process, fissuring (tearing) and delamination (breakdown) of the cartilage is seen and this is a precursor to a more aggressive loss of joint cartilage.

The aim of this research project is to develop a biological glue that could be used to seal early fissures and defects in the intra-articular cartilage, in a similar fashion to the mending of pot holes in a road and preventing the replacement of the entire road surface.

The laboratory will be used to develop the glue and test its efficacy, using tissues donated from patients having surgery at the ROH, under the ethics of the Research Tissue Bank.

This project is being funded by:

  1. The Dubrowsky legacy in a pump priming capacity (£10,000 per year for 3 years)
  2. Aston University

Dubrowsky Laboratory update – Project 1

The Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory Update: Upcoming projects as of June 2021

In conjunction with Aston University there are three PhD projects currently appointed to use the laboratory.

Project 1: The use of Affinity Selection Systems for intraoperative cell salvage.

The use of red blood cell salvage, has become commonplace in surgery, and orthopaedics specifically. This recycles the patient’s own red blood cells back to the patient during the surgery which has a range of benefits. It reduces and in some cases, negates the need entirely for blood transfusions, as well as reduce the risk of infection for the patient. There is also evidence that this can reduce issues of compatibility for future pregnancies in young ladies.

Unfortunately however it is not possible to use the same cell salvage technique in operations for primary cancer. This is because primary cancer operations aim to be curative, removing all of the cancer from the area. If cancer cells, were recycled to the patient, there is a risk of the cancer cells seeding elsewhere in the body.

In an ideal world we would be able to use this very same cell salvage techniques for primary cancer too in order to reduce the risks post-surgery. These patients have an even larger increased risk of an infection developing, due to the large metal endprostheses which are implanted during surgery. There is also the increased risk of infection due to chemotherapy received often during cancer treatment.

This project supports the use of new technology that would allow the identification and removal of cancer cells through an active filtration process. This would then lead to the development of a new primary cancer, red cell salvage system, which would be transformative in the care of this patient group. We hope that this will mean patient’s risks are reduced and infection rates are lower throughout the cancer treatment process.

Our laboratory is being used to develop the filtration system along with testing that filtration system with human blood, both from healthy volunteers and those with cancer cells.

This project is being funded by:

  1. The Birmingham Orthopaedic Charity (£10,000 per year for 3 years)
  2. The Bone Cancer Research Trust (Application made and result awaited)
  3. Aston University

This project is also being used as a test case for the laboratory.

Refurbished facilities for children and young people now open!

Refurbished facilities for children and young people now open!

Children and young people (CYP) attending outpatient appointments at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) will now be seen in a brand-new environment designed to cater for their specific needs supported by our Children & Young People’s Appeal! The department was officially opened by members of the ROH team on Monday 17th May ready to welcome patients that morning. 

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The £30,000 renovation of the Children and Young People’s Outpatients Department (CYPOPD), offers an interactive and supportive space for young patients and their families. Patients aged 0-17 years were previously seen on a ward not specifically designed as an outpatient facility.

The theme for the department is ‘under the sea’. Wall art flows from the waiting area through to consultation rooms and the relaxation room to help create a familiar environment for patients and visitors. The wall art offers a distraction to both patients and any accompanying young people, such as siblings, when undergoing consultation.

Entertainment units featuring interactive games for patients up to 17-years-old and offer a more inclusive, ‘clutter- free’ environment. Previously, only physical games were available for younger patients and, because of COVID-19 and infection risks associated, even these have been unavailable for the past year.

A renewed sensory facility has also been installed in the department as the previous facilities were old and some even broken.

Colin Horn, Managing Director of Grosvenor Interiors, said: “I lost my son to leukaemia some years ago and after many years of hospital visits I know how important the environment in children’s wards can be.

“Children’s spaces in hospitals are often very busy and frantic and part of our aim is to calm the spaces down so that the children and their parents are less stressed and can engage with the imaging to take their minds of why they are there.”

The reflection room is a new addition and something the charity also supported within adult services. This is a space where patients and families can sit and reflect upon an appointment, a calming space to receive bad news and can also be used as a safe space for any issues to be discussed with staff. This space also frees up consultation rooms for more appointments.

Consultation rooms are also nearly double the size of the previous department meaning there is more space for thorough consultations as well as space for families to enter which is often when parents need to bring siblings along with them. Sensory facilities also flow through these rooms to offer added distraction to patients and/or siblings whilst under going consultations.

The £30,000 refurbishment and relocation of the department has been funded by an appeal from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Charity, which exists to support NHS patients, their families and carers, as well as provide specialist training, equipment and knowledge to staff at ROH. It was designed by Grosvenor Interiors, specialists in hospital environmental enhancements.

You can continue to support this appeal. Click here to do just that!

Ali Gray, Charity Manager, said:

“The ROH Charity is overjoyed to support this incredible project, giving young patients and families a truly enhanced hospital experience. Our charity supports the hospital with projects that are ‘above and beyond’ what the NHS can afford, making a real difference to those who visit us.  Patients and families have been thought about through every step and we are so pleased with the result.”

Monica Allen, CYPOPD Manager, said: 

“Our new Children and Young People’s Outpatients Department is vibrant and welcoming and our patients will be attending an area designed to try and ensure they have a relaxed experience in the hospital.

“We have been able to provide a multi-use area for quiet reflection and a sensory room with designated interactive equipment to assist with distraction therapy.”

Clare Hinwood, Transition to Adult Services Clinical Nurse Specialist, added: 

“It will benefit hugely those young people who will be transitioning into adult services. Because of its location in the Outpatients Department, it will enable them to become more familiar with the adult environment. The reflection room will also provide a location for discussing their transition plan.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to those who contributed to the CYP appeal and towards this beautiful new environment. We could not have done it without you.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Charitable Fund

Bristol Road South
B31 2AP

Registered Charity Number: 1078046

Call: 0121 6854379

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