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A Message from the Highly Specialised Osteogenesis Imperfecta Team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

  • Posted on Aug 10, 2020

In common with every hospital and NHS facility across the UK, the pandemic has had an impact on how we in Sheffield work and deliver services. At a national level, the number of children seen in hospital has dropped dramatically across all specialities and this is true for children with bone problems too. Face-to-face appointments for all but essential reasons were stopped during the early part of the lockdown and only really resumed in May. People were asked to work from home as much as possible and this meant that our team has spent a lot of time communicating updates by email and video conference. We normally spend quite a lot of time sharing information face-to-face within the team here so this has been quite a change for us; we hope nevertheless that patients and families feel that they can still get hold of us when they need to and that we respond just as quickly as normal. We’ve done some of our clinic work by video conference but we know that it’s not the same; the technology doesn’t always work and we can’t put “hands-on“. Obviously that matters when you’re trying to assess how strong someone is or what the range of movement at a particular joint is like, or if you need to adjust a wheelchair. We are now getting back to face-to-face again which most folk seem to prefer. Having said that, it has been easier to speak to some teenagers who had the phone taken to them in bed…

We were hoping to welcome lots of people to Sheffield in September for the OI2020 conference; that has now had to be put back a year. Hopefully, though, the virtual BBS annual meeting on the first Saturday of September will be an opportunity for us all to catch up together again.

Professor Nick Bishop

Sheffield Children’s Hospital