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A Message from the Birmingham Highly Specialised Osteogenesis Imperfecta Team at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

  • Posted on Jul 7, 2020

Our doctors, nurses and therapists were required to help with the high risk areas around the hospital at the peak of the pandemic. We however prioritised our service by ensuring some of the team members were continuing to provide advice, care and act as a point of contact for our OI families. During the last few months, we have been able to help minimise the transmission of covid-19 by carefully planning, scheduling and organising clinical activity. Our multi-disciplinary team have been using telephone calls to contact families as well as videocalls for MDT clinics, outreach clinics, patient 1:1 reviews and transition/educational needs. Face to face reviews have been arranged as clinically indicated and we have used this opportunity to arrange other required investigations/reviews to take place on the same day to avoid further hospital attendances. The use of technology, particularly videocalls has been a great way of being able to provide support to our patients and families. It has allowed us to see our outreach patients more frequently than the scheduled 6 monthly outreach clinics and we aim to continue to use this in the future.

We have maintained liaison with schools for those who will be starting nursery, primary and secondary schools in September. School visits have not been possible so meetings to discuss care plans, fracture management plans and risk assessments have been arranged via telephone/videocalls. We recognise that this could be a very worrying time for parents who are sending their children back to school. Our nurses and therapists continue to work with our families as well as the BBS to provide support and advice around this.

Dr Vrinda Saraff

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust