The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, has treated its 50,000th patient since opening its doors in 2015. The NCSEM-EM aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.
The centre, based at Loughborough University, hosts NHS clinics delivered by two local teaching hospital trusts, University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) and Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH). Opening with two clinics in August 2015, the centre now offers 12 different services including sport and exercise medicine, musculoskeletal orthopaedics, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and MRI and other diagnostic services.
The last two years have put greater pressures on all NHS facilities, the NCSEM-EM is proud to have kept patients coming through the doors in challenging circumstances and to have expanded its range of clinics to cover a greater range of expertise.
Professor Mark Lewis, Director of the NCSEM East Midlands, said: “The last couple of years have presented huge challenges to NHS clinical services and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep our facility running safely throughout the pandemic. The Centre is going from strength to strength and offering valuable clinical services to our patients. To have welcomed over 50,000 patients through our doors, especially through a pandemic is a great achievement and we hope to continue offering a high-quality service to our patients in the future.”
The centre is working towards its aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the nation through sport, exercise and physical activity and will continue to research and develop innovative interventions and clinical services that have a real impact on population health.