Friday 12th February 2016

Due to some essential IT maintenance that is being undertaken, our office in Willenhall will be closed from 3.30 p.m on Friday 12th February 2016.  I do apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

We re-open as usual on Monday 15th February 2016.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Merry Christmas from Curian Medical

On behalf of us all here at Curian Medical we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and contacts for their support this year.  We very much look forward to supporting you with our nationwide rehabilitation services throughout 2016.

Opening hours: We will remain open during the working days over the festive period and closed only on the bank holidays.  If you are unable to reach your account handler over the telephone during this period please do utilise the dedicated email account set up for you and we will respond accordingly.

 

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for the new year.

 

Ultrasound Guided Injections

We are pleased to announce that from 1st December, Curian Medical will be able to offer ultrasound guided injections for a fixed fee at over 40 of our partner facilities across the UK. We aim to bring you more facilities in 2016 and we will keep you informed of our progress with regular communication and updates.

Instructions from today for this treatment should be sent to your account handler here at Curian Medical via the dedicated email account that we have set up for your organisation.

A member of our Curative Team will keep you informed of your patients appointment via our bespoke patient management database.

Ultrasound guided injections are a radiological procedure where an ultrasound machine is used to guide a needle through the skin into the affected area so a small amount of medication (steroid or local anaesthetic) can be injected, in order to reduce the pain that your patient may have been suffering. The steroid is often injected in combination with an anaesthetic The injection may be into a painful joint, however may also be used to treat inflammation in soft tissues, such as tendons or, tennis elbow. No initial or follow up consultations are required. Whilst image guided injections are not suitable for spinal injections we do offer these services too and your account handler will be happy to assist you with any of your queries surrounding our treatments.

To discuss any of the rehabilitation services or your specific requirements in further detail then please do feel free to contact Amanda O’Neill on 07904 630054 or via email aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

 

For patients who are unable to travel to one of our partner facilities we are able to provide quotations for venues outside our primary network and your account handler will be most happy to facilitate this.

 

Clinical Audit Results

I am delighted to report that our Clinical Audit results have arrived for our nationwide diagnostic imaging services.  Once again, we are very proud to report all diagnostic imaging and radiology reports audited were well within acceptable levels of our grading system and all found to be clinically sound.

As part of Curian Medicals clinical governance policies and procedures we conduct regular clinical audits on our diagnostic imaging services.  We engage the services of an independent Consultant Radiologist who audits a percentage of diagnostic images and reports to ensure that we consistently deliver a high quality service.  Our independent expert utilises a grading system for the reporting of these audit results to Curian Medical.

Curian Medical has access to one of the most extensive diagnostic imaging networks within the industry.  We are able to co-ordinate a number of imaging modalities within these venues all within a fixed pricing structure.  To learn how we can support you with our nationwide diagnostic imaging services or further treatments, Amanda O’Neill, our Business Development Director would love to hear from you – aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk – 0121 732 9860.

 

How may I help you?

Companies all over the UK use Curian Medical as a one stop shop for all their medical rehabilitation needs.  These organisations enjoy our fixed pricing structure without additional hidden charges which enables them to manage internal budgets.    Patients enjoy access to a nationwide network allowing choice of venues to fit in around their daily life, ensuring they do not have far to travel.

Many of our customers are different and their needs will be unlike the needs of our last customer.  This is why we work very closely with key staff from initiation to develop processes that supplement our customers own working methods.

Curian Medical was built on three fundamental values. Speed, Communication and Personal Service. We identified before we incorporated the company after years in the sector that clients want to have their patients seen quickly.  We understand the importance of clients being kept up to date with patient progress in order that in turn our client can be proactive in updating their own customers.  Clients want to call a company who knows their name and more importantly is aware of their patients name without having to take reference numbers.

To aid in delivering these three fundamental values we provide each customer with an account handler from our Curative Team.  Your account handler will become familiar with your organisation, staff and working methods and will be your first point of contact.  Curian Medical have satisfied thousands of patients over the years and our customers are satisfied from knowing that their patient’s pathway is managed by caring and knowledgeable staff.

I would love to hear from any organisations in need of a rehabilitation partner.  To discover how we can work with you do feel free to give me a call on 07904 630054 or contact me via my email aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director

It’s our birthday – Curian Medical is 3

Happy Birthday Curian Medical

Curian Medical has been operating  4 years this month and all of us at Curian wanted to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers, experts and all contacts for their continued great support.

The medico legal industry during this time has been an ever changing environment with most recently the introduction of the MedCo portal.  We very much look forward to continuing to work closely and supporting our customers with our range of nationwide rehabilitation services.

We continuously expand our network of venues and look forward to hearing from any experts that may wish to join our panel.

To discuss any aspect of our suite of services please do contact Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director on 0121 732 9860 or email at aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

Ultrasound Scans – Nationwide Service

Ultrasound is safe and painless and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Also called ultrasound scanning or sonography it involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.

Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays) and therefore there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.

Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:

  • tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body.
  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • ligament sprains or tears.
  • inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
  • ganglion cysts.
  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).

Ultrasound scanners consist of a console containing a computer and electronics, a video display screen and a transducer that is used to do the scanning. The transducer is a small hand-held device attached to the scanner by a cord. The transducer sends out inaudible high frequency sound waves into the body and then listens for the returning echoes from the tissues in the body.

The ultrasound image is immediately visible on a video display screen that looks like a computer or television monitor. The image is created based on the amplitude (loudness), frequency (pitch) and time it takes for the ultrasound signal to return from the area of the patient being examined to the transducer (the device used to examine the patient), as well as the type of body structure and composition of body tissue through which the sound travels. A small amount of gel is put on the skin to allow the sound waves to travel back and forth from the transducer.

In an ultrasound examination, a transducer both sends the sound waves and receives the echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the sound waves bounce off internal organs, fluids and tissues, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound’s pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates a real-time picture on the monitor. One or more frames of the moving pictures are typically captured as still images. Small loops of the moving “real time” images may also be saved.

For certain ultrasound examinations of the musculoskeletal system, the patient may be seated on an examination table or chair. For other ultrasound exams, the patient is positioned lying face-up or face-down on an examination table. The radiologist or sonographer may ask you to move the extremity being examined or may move it for you to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon.

After you are positioned on the examination table, the radiologist or sonographer will apply a warm water-based gel to the area of the body being studied. The gel will help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. The transducer is placed on the body and moved back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured.

There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer.

After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

Benefits of ultrasound

Most ultrasound scanning is non-invasive (no needles or injections).  Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it is almost never painful.  Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation and gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.

Ultrasound can be an excellent alternative to MRI for claustrophobic patients.  Compared to MRI, ultrasound may provide greater internal detail when assessing soft tissue structures such as tendons and nerves.

Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the movement of a soft tissue structure such as a tendon, joint or an extremity.

To learn more about our nationwide diagnostic imaging services that includes ultrasound scanning please do contact Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director on 0121 732 9860 or aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Q2 Audit results for Physiotherapy

Each quarter, Curian Medical engage with an independent physiotherapist to undertake an audit of a percentage of our physiotherapy initial assessments and discharge reports.  During this audit a number of elements are scored on a grading system.  Clinically we audit whether clear goals are identified during assessment and whether these are specific, measurable and timed.  Additionally we score treatment plans and identify whether national guidelines have been followed when preparing these.  Also included within the audits is a section regarding the clarity, professionalism and formatting of the reports we deliver to our clients.

The results for our Q2 2015 physio audit are in and of those initial assessment and discharge reports audited I am delighted to announce that 100% were found to be within most acceptable levels of quality.

Watch this space – our diagnostic imaging results are due to be announced shortly too!

If you would like to learn more about our auditing processes, or indeed any aspect of our portfolio of  rehabilitation services then please do feel free to contact Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director on 0121 732 9860 or aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

Curative Team

Our Curative Team, led by Karl Newman – Operational Lead, was established in 2013 and offers the very latest in medical thinking and organisation.  Our clients benefit from a member of our Curative Team being appointed as their Account Handler, working like an extension of their company.

Providing a dedicated Account Handler gives a single point of contact, consistency and a far more personal service which extends to both our customers and their patients.  We appreciate communication with all parties is key in the process and this is why regular updates are provided.

Receiving ongoing training and development, our team are enthusiastic and dynamic and work with a number of organisations across the rehabilitation, insurance, legal and corporate sectors.

To speak with a member of our Curative Team, please call 0121 732 9860.

To learn more about Curian Medical and our nationwide rehabilitation services please contact our Business Development Director, Amanda O’Neill on 07904 630054.

Facet Joint Injections

Here at Curian Medical our Curative Team are able to co-ordinate facet joint injections for patients utilising our extensive panel of medical experts.

We provide quotations for this treatment, which usually includes as part of the package a consultation, injection and follow up consultation.

The facet joints link together the bones in the back. They help to stabilise the spine and control the degree of movement. With age, they are prone to injury and deterioration and are a common cause of lower back pain, especially the type that is worse while sitting and improved by walking.  Some people can develop pain in their back or neck that is due to aches, sprains, stresses, arthritis or damage to these joints. It is possible to inject a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid into or near these joints to try and obtain pain relief. This is very similar to injections used for painful knees and tennis elbow.

Facet joint injections usually have two goals:

  • to help diagnose the cause and location of pain
  • provide pain relief

The injection procedure may also be called a facet block, as its purpose is to block the pain.

During a facet joint injection, a steroid medicine (which reduces inflammation) or a combination of a steroid and a local anaesthetic is injected into the joint. This can help to treat the pain, inflammation and any restriction of movement caused by the deterioration.

The exact location of each facet joint cannot always be determined by clinical examination. Consequently, these injections are performed using constant X-ray imaging (screening).

The patient takes a position lying on their front, their back is cleaned with antiseptic and the positions for injections are located using the X-ray machine. The skin is then numbed with local anaesthetic. Once this has taken effect the facet joints are injected with the steroid/local anaesthetic solution, again using the X-ray machine for guidance. Usually several joints are injected at any one time.

Facet joint injections can take up to two weeks to provide pain relief. The amount of pain relief gained varies between individuals and even in the same person at different times.

The duration of effect is also variable. Some people only get few weeks benefit, others many months. However any relief gained will be increased if the patient is more active during this period.

Do give Amanda O’Neill, our Business Development Director, a call on 07904 630054 if you would like to learn more about our further treatment offering.  Amanda will be delighted to discuss the broad range of injections, surgeries and consultations available.