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Birmingham NHS Dance Injury Clinic

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2TH

Founded in partnership with NIDMS and One Dance UK

Download referral information as PDF

How can I get an appointment?

  • You must first visit your GP, explain your injury concern and that you are a dancer, teacher, or choreographer and would benefit from dance-specialist treatment. Your GP will refer you to your chosen NHS Dance Injury clinic using the information below. 

  • Please print this information (pdf above) or show this information on your phone during your GP appointment to help them make the referral.

  • Please note this service is a Secondary service, not Tertiary. Due to this service being an NHS service it is free at the point of use and as an NHS patient it is your legal right to choose where you would like to be referred

Referral options/details

From 1st October 2018, all GP referrals are now done electronically through the e-Referral System (e-RS), previously called Choose & Book. GPs can find the referral option by searching (please select whichever has the shortest wait time):

  • 7931145 Sports and Exercise Medicine (Consultant SEM Physician) 

  • 7304729 Consultant Physiotherapist in Sport & Exercise Medicine - QEHB 

Referrals can also be made by Consultants and Medical Specialists from other hospitals. These can be done via letter, fax or email.​

Helpful phone numbers and email:

  • Main hospital switchboard : 0121 371 2000

  • Appointment queries and cancellations: 0121 371 3493

  • Email: Sems@nhs.net

Full postal details

Dr Kim Gregory or Emma Batchelor, SEMS (Sports and Exercise Medicine Service), Therapy Services South Suite, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2WB

FAX: 0121 371 3494

For acute injuries that require URGENT medical attention dancers may report to A&E at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Please click here to see details of A&E and what injuries should be reported here. Please note that this is a major trauma centre. If your injury is not acute and sustained in the last 72 hours please visit your GP and use the above referral information.

If you have any problems or questions regarding your referral please contact the NIDMS Manager on: 020 7713 0730 or manager@nidms.co.uk 

About the Queen Elizabeth Hospital clinic

The NHS Dance Injury clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) opened in 2013 and now regularly see dancers  across the spectrum of dance from students through to professional dancers within  the clinic.

QEHB is the most modern and technologically advanced hospital in the Midlands, with brand new gym facilities used in the rehabilitation of the UK’s military patients.  Dancers are seen with the hospital’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Service (SEMS). The clinic is led by Dr Kim Gregory, a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine alongside experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapists, a dietician, a podiatrist with further support from experienced musculoskeletal radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons as required. The service offers a multi-disciplinary approach and during one hospital visit, dancers can benefit from seeing a number of health professionals who specialise in different areas to support their return to dance.  The SEMS team also have links with the University of Birmingham’s High Performance Centre, a world class applied sports science and sports medicine support unit and also liaise closely with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Clinicians.

The SEMS team has treated Dancers with:

  • acute musculoskeletal injuries (non-surgical fractures and soft tissue injuries)

  • acute or chronic musculoskeletal symptoms (non-inflammatory)

  • symptoms which are preventing or restricting an individual’s ability to participate in dance e.g. gastrointestinal symptoms in relation to exercise, dance associated respiratory symptoms

  • Dancers seeking  advice on return to dance  following injury or illness
     

We encourage dancers to involve their dance school, university or company to help us guide and empower the dancers and their support network with knowledge to safely return to dance. Birmingham and the surrounding areas have a large dance community.  The SEMS team goal is to provide a specialist NHS Dance injury clinic which offers dancers a bespoke multi-disciplinary service in a brand new hospital setting.

The SEM service provides direct access to:

  • imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT (CT SPECT) , PET, DEXA and MRA)

  • gait assessment

  • individual rehabilitation programmes using specialist equipment

  • specialist orthopaedic surgeons

  • neurotrauma specialist with expertise in sports concussion

  • podiatrists

  • dieticians

Meet the team

Dr Kim Gregory BSc(Hons), MBChB, MRCP(UK), MSc(SEM), DipSEM(UK&I), FFSEM(UK)

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine

 

Kim qualified from Warwick Medical School after completing a BSc in Physiology with Nutrition at the University of Southampton. She then undertook specialist training in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the West Midlands and has a Masters degree from the University of Bath. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) and is an examiner for the FSEM and a Part-time Teaching Fellow and Examiner for the University of Bath diploma exam.

A Consultant at University Hospitals of Birmingham she leads the Sports and Exercise Medicine Service (SEMS) which includes a Dance Injury Clinic working in partnership with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). Kim is also a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester, where she leads the Paediatric and Adolescent Sport and Exercise Medicine clinic.

 

Kim was involved in both the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She continues to work across a wide range of sports through her involvement with the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme in her clinic at Birmingham University Hi-Performance Centre.  Previously team doctor for the GB Disability Target Shooting Squad, England U15 Women’s football and GB Senior Women’s Ice Hockey team she is currently Chief Medical Officer for British Basketball and a team doctor for the England Disability  Football squads. She has experience working with Bolton Wanderers FC, Hartpury RFC and Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey teams as a match day doctor. Kim worked at the Invictus Games in 2014 and is a National Classifier for British Athletics.

 

Her clinical practice focuses on the non-operative  management of musculoskeletal conditions and sports/dance injuries and physical activity promotion for general health and for those with chronic health problems. Her particular specialty interests include adolescent sports medicine, disability sports medicine and dance medicine.

Emma Batchelor

Consultant Physiotherapist

Emma has worked as a Consultant Physiotherapist within the Sports and Exercise Medicine Service since November 2012. Emma has experience of working in elite sport for the last 12 years. She works as the Lead Physiotherapist for England and Great Britain’s Women’s Hockey within the English Institute of Sport. Emma has held this role since August 2011 when she initially took a secondment to work with the squad prior to London 2012 Olympic games. She attended the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and is going to Rio 2016 with Hockey.

 

Prior to working with hockey Emma worked as the lead Physiotherapist for England netball from 2004-2011  and was involved in both the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth games and attended 2 world cup tournaments working with netball.

 

From her time working in elite sport she has a keen interest in rehabilitation and outcomes for return to sport and performing arts.

 

From an NHS perspective Emma has worked for the University Hospital of Birmingham NHS trust for over 20 years and this includes 10 years a s a clinical specialist working in sports and musculoskeletal. During this time aside to the Sports experience Emma developed a keen interest in the management of patients post multiple trauma. 

 

In addition to her professional qualification of a BSc in Physiotherapy, Emma has also completed a Masters Degree in Advancing Practice (Specialist Manipulative Physiotherapy) at Birmingham University in 2009.

 

Emma is keen to use the extensive experience she has gained working within the NHS and sport to maximise outcomes post injury and on advising on return to work and sport.

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