“It can be difficult to have hip dysplasia diagnosed and delays are very frustrating but I felt completely listened to and respected at ROH. The care I have received from the Young Adult Hip Department has been outstanding and I believe they deserve recognition for the amazing work they do. Misconceptions are that young people can’t have hip problems or hip replacements but this is not true. There was one occasion when I attended an outpatient appointment to see Mr Politis and discussed research available regarding hip surgeries and treatments. He took the time to consider these with me so that I could come to a decision and I never felt rushed despite it being a busy clinic. During all of my outpatient appointments, I have never felt time-pressured, nor have I felt there to be an ‘expert vs patient’ imbalance. My views are always considered and I have been given the confidence to challenge and explore alternative options so that I feel assured of the treatment I was going ahead with.
“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. I also 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. This is why I held an NHS Big Tea event, with money raised going to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Charity. Lots of businesses came forward with offers to help and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of donations.
I hope that with the money raised will help staff such as my surgeon with their wellbeing, to show we really do appreciate their care and time and to help patients like me.”
Chelsea and her team of helpers raised over £648 from her fundraising event. These funds will go towards our general fund who actively support all departments in the hospital, including the Young Adult Hip service.
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