Oxford United’s Medical team are always looking at ways to improve player care and management behind the scenes and the ability to get fast treatment is always high on the agenda.
This year the club has been building a strong relationship with BMI Healthcare and the Chiltern Hospital in Great Missenden.
Head of Sport Science and Medicine Andrew Proctor told us:
“After a chance meeting with Fraser Dawson (Executive Director at The Chiltern) during a show and tell regarding the Cryo Chamber, we both realised that we could enhance our medical care and provision to the players. We already had a solid structure in place, and you may think that a 72-hour turn around on scans and reports is excellent, but in this profession it was proving quite challenging, especially with more severe injuries.
“After a meeting and brief discussion, we have built a strong relationship with Fraser and the team at the hospital to allow scans and reports in under 24 hours. The ability for us to do this and provide the information to the coaching staff is vital. It has also allowed us seek immediate medical care if and when required.
“Our first scan with The Chiltern was the same day as my initial meeting, when Agon Mehmeti tore his hamstring. I called Fraser that evening and we had a scan the very next day. This type of service is priceless for both me and the department.
“We are constantly looking to build on this relationship and use the hospital for operative procedures with their long list of specialised surgeons. They have also recently installed an Alter G (Anti-Gravity) treadmill that we have been given access to for our long-term injuries as and when required. Access to this and many other specialised facilities and equipment will aid us in the future and hopefully bring players back to fitness in the most efficient time frames possible.
“Alex Mowatt and I recently visited the hospital regarding his hand fracture and we received the usual high standard of care with an X-ray and appointment with a consultant within 24 hours. We presented Fraser with a signed shirt to show our appreciation of his and the hospital’s efforts with the lads and all the care they have provided. During this challenging season of injuries, their support has been pivotal and I am grateful for the relationship we have built.”
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