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Olympian Katherine Granger Opens CircleReading’s Sports Medicine Unit
On 7th November, Olympic gold medallist Katherine Granger opened the new Sports Medicine Unit at the five-star hospital, CircleReading.
The team is based on Dr Mark Wotherspoon, who looks after the sports medicine needs of England Cricket, Southampton Football Club and the elite athletes basing their training at the English Institute of Sport at Bisham Abbey. Mark was joined By Drs Kate Hutchings and Mike Rossiter plus Physio Chris Gordon and Ashleigh Wallace who are also located at Bisham Abbey. Bisham Abbey is the regional hub for the English Institute of Sport and has supported many of the medal winning athletes particularly in rowing and hockey. The Circle Reading centre will offer some of the latest in innovative rehabilitation treatments for elite and amateur sportsmen and women.
The hospital, located next to the Reading Hilton Hotel, opened in August this year and treats NHS and private patients. Built with a brief to be more like a five-star hotel than a hospital, it offers a wide range of non-emergency tests and operations in luxury surroundings. The design concept was to create a 'healing environment', with internal gardens, airy spaces and natural light.
The dedication to patient care in Circle hospitals is reflected in zero reported cases of MRSA, and a record on returns to surgery because of complications nearly 2 times better than other private hospitals. CircleReading's quality of care has prompted 99% of patients surveyed to say they would recommend Circle's service to friends and family. One week the hospital received a 100% vote of confidence from patients.
Circle Managing Partner, Mark Aichroth, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Katherine Granger to open our state of the art sports medicine unit. We have some of the top specialists and nurses coupled with cutting edge technology and knowledge. Our aim for the unit is to get athletes and sports people fit to compete again, and to help them avoid future injury. This really will be a centre of excellence."
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