Speaking of the reason behind his surgery, Jonathan said: “I injured my knee whilst dancing in October last year. I saw two specialists in London who gave me totally differing diagnosis of the injury. One said it was an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury while another said it was a meniscus tear. I was at a loss knowing what to do for the best. I was appearing in Dirty Dancing in the West End at the time and needed to sort it out as quickly as possible.
“I came back home for a weekend and one of my parents’ friends said he’d had a knee operation at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre and couldn’t recommended it highly enough. I was keen to have another opinion. I saw the consultant there, Mr Fred Farlin, who examined my knee, concluded it was an ACL injury and booked me in for an operation there and then. Less than two months after that appointment I had undergone my operation and was starting my physiotherapy rehabilitation.
“I was so impressed with the process from start to finish and the whole team at the centre were absolutely amazing. My knee feels even stronger than before the injury and I’m now on schedule to start my rehearsals in London. It’s a real relief as I was concerned at one point that I would have to miss out on joining Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in London in September.”
Jonathan started dancing at the age of six and went on to study musical theatre at Cambridge Performing Arts College. His role in Matilda, as it was in Dirty Dancing, is what they call a ‘swing’. This is someone who covers all the ensemble male roles in the show, stepping in to cover for holidays, injuries and sickness. “It’s recognised as one of the most difficult roles in the show because, at a moment’s notice, you could have to step in and cover one of a number of performances,”
Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre is run by Care UK, a leading independent provider of health and social care services that works in partnership with the NHS. The centre offers a wide range of treatments, from minor hand and foot procedures that can be carried out as day cases, to more complex in-patient treatments including hip, knee and shoulder replacements.
Mr Farlin said: “An ACL reconstruction is now a standard procedure worldwide and documented surveys showed that 80 per cent of those undergoing the operation can now expect to perform at their previous level of activity.”
Julia Dolan, GP liaison manager at the centre, added: “We are delighted Jonathan found the whole experience so satisfying. Our patient feedback is very positive and it is gratifying to know that the dedication of the team working at the centre is so appreciated. We wish Jonathan all the very best in his new show and we are pleased to have played a part in enabling him to get back onto the stage.”
Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre recently received a glowing report following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.