NHS Clinics


NHS Clinics

NHS Alström Syndrome Multi-Disciplinary Clinics

In Partnership with the NHS, ASUK are now able to offer specialist medical clinics for people who are affected by Alström Syndrome. Please contact us if you would like to attend. 

To receive further information or to attend the Children’s clinic please contact:
Kerry Leeson-Beevers on 01709 210151 or email
kerry.leeson@alstrom.org.uk.

To attend the adult clinics please contact:
Catherine Lewis on 07970 071 675 or email catherine.lewis@alstrom.org.uk.

Home monitoring

Due to the current pandemic, ASUK have worked with NHS Trusts in Birmingham to ensure the AS experts can still monitor the health of patients remotely. This has included telemedicine clinics where professionals from the AS multi-disciplinary clinics are on hand to answer any queries and monitor the patients health from afar.

In December 2020, patients were also sent home monitoring equipment such as digital body weighing scales, blood pressure monitor and tape measure so patients can keep track of their own health.

The packs contained all information needed including links to explain how to use the equipment. This information can also be downloaded below:

Health Monitoring Equipment Instructions download HERE

Your monitoring sheet, where you can add your information can be downloaded HERE

 

We hope that families will be helped by attending one or two clinics per year. Extra Hospital visits can be arranged for specific problems or tests. The clinics include:

  • A carousel of tests and assessments – each person has their own timetable with appointments and tests ranging from cardiology, respiratory tests, diabetes and metabolism and pre-arranged appointments for audiology, psychology, urology and other tests which are deemed necessary
  • A summary of results and recommended therapy would be sent to each family, and their hospital and community carers.
  • A carefully planned set of tests and one blood sample taken at least once per year (providing patient and family are not too upset or young).
  • ASUK will be available throughout the clinics to offer support and information

Accommodation costs will be provided for by the NHS Trusts involved and ASUK can book this accommodation for you.

For information about the QE Hospital and contact details for clinicians click here: QE Information Leaflet

What happens at the Alstrom Syndrome Clinics?

If it is your first visit to the Alstrom clinics, we know how daunting this may feel or even if you are used to attending the clinic, sometimes it is nice to be reminded what some of the tests actually are such as the FibroScan and the Echocardiogram.

ASUK have brought together information which we thought would be useful to give you an overview of the clinics, the carousel of tests involved and the team who will support you along the way.

Click HERE to take a look.

Please feel free to get in touch with the team if you have any further questions, queries or concerns. Our contact details are on the team page, which can be viewed HERE

Please get in touch with Catherine Lewis by email on catherine.lewis@alstrom.org.uk if you would like a hard-copy sending in the post or if you would prefer the document in an alternative format.

Children’s Clinics

To be held at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

2021

  • 18th January 2021
  • 19th April 2021
  • 19th July 2021
  • 18th October 2021

Due to the coronavirus restrictions we are introducing telemedicine clinics, so we can still support families whilst they shield themselves. You can find out more about these telemedicine clinics HERE

Adult Clinics

To be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

2021

  • 28th and 29th April 2021
  • 19th and 20th May 2021
  • 23rd and 24th June 2021 (Transfer clinic)
  • 29th and 30th September 2021
  • 17th and 18th November 2021
  • 18th November 2021 – Outreach clinic in Leeds

Should dates need to be altered for any reason then everyone shall be informed as soon as possible.

Media Reviewed: January 2021
Next Review: January 2022