NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson welcomed to TORT Centre

Mr Sandy Watson was welcomed to the Tayside Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology (TORT) Centre at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School by Professor Rami Abboud, Head of the Academic Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery and Director of Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR).

Mr Watson’s visit started with a tour of the clinical facilities and rehabilitation services offered in TORT Centre and met Dr Geoff Bardsley and Mr Scott Edward, the respective managers of the Prosthetic and Wheelchair and Seating services. Dr Bardsley and Mr Edward explained the complex clinical service offered to patients with disabilities in Tayside and their approach to custom-made treatment to fit with individual patient requirements. Mr Watson was subsequently welcomed to the University Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery and its associated IMAR facilities where he met staff and a group of new overseas students from India, Egypt, China and Brazil. Dr Graham Arnold, IMAR’s Technical Manager, and Mrs Sheila Gibbs, Senior Clinical Gait Analyst, were at hand to assist Professor Abboud showing Mr Watson the advanced facilities at IMAR that complement the clinical and rehabilitation services to make the TORT Centre a unique facility in the UK.

Sandy Watson visits TORT Centre

Mr Watson left TORT Centre after a light buffet lunch at IMAR extremely impressed with what he saw and the integrated services of education, research and patient care. He subsequently indicated to Professor Abboud his desire of bringing other Health Board Members to visit the excellent facilities that are available in TORT. “It was a great pleasure to welcome Mr Watson to the TORT Centre and to show him around with the support of my NHS colleagues”, commented Professor Abboud. “Mr Watson’s comments, support and enthusiasm are welcomed”.

Sandy Watson's visit to TORT Centre

Mr Watson summarised his visit by saying: “in short, I found what takes place within the ‘four walls’ of TORT and what the staff at the centre are doing for amputees and all groups of patients - amazing. The partnership arrangements between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside are obviously very close. The overpowering impression of this visit, which everyone to whom I spoke gave me, was of a group of highly committed individuals whose enthusiasm for what they were doing was very evident not just in what they were saying, but in the very way they said it.”

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