A new clinic has been set up at Quintin Medical Centre in Hailsham by Sussex MSK Partnership East, the local NHS service for patients with bone, joint and muscular problems.
Patients have a 30 minute appointment with a specialist clinician known as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP). ESPs are physiotherapists who have advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal problems and work closely with orthopaedic, rheumatology and pain consultants.
One of the first patients to be seen at the new clinic in Hailsham was Christine Ann Patrick who lives in Polegate. She has been having problems with her neck and shoulder following a riding accident last year and was referred for further investigation by her GP.
She said: “After my GP referred me I expected to have to wait for ages and then go to the hospital in Eastbourne. But my appointment came through very quickly and it was very easy to get to Hailsham. It is also a lot more relaxing to come to a lovely medical centre like Quintin than attend a hospital clinic.
“I had a half hour appointment with Matt Daly, Extended Scope Practitioner, who was extremely helpful and I feel reassured that I am getting the right advice and treatment. I think this community clinic for people with problems like mine is a great idea,” commented Mrs Patrick.
Matt Daly is an Extended Scope Practitioner with Sussex MSK Partnership East. He said: “MSK stands for musculoskeletal which covers a huge range of bone, joint and muscle conditions, including arthritis, sports injuries and back problems to name but a few.”
Patients are initially referred to Sussex MSK Partnership East by their GP. Once referred, the Partnership looks after them throughout their treatment and organises all their follow-up appointments. Community clinics are also held in Eastbourne, Crowborough, Peacehaven and Seaford and the Partnership is looking at a number of other sites for community clinics in order to offer more choice to patients.
“Our goal is to deliver high quality health services close to where people live and work. The more we can treat people in their community the better, both for patients and the health economy,” commented Mr Daly.