ESO Clinic Maidstone – Women’s Health Clinic

So, with this new women’s health clinic
which we’ve just established we’re really trying to build our knowledge
base about what osteopathy may be able to do in relation to women’s health issues. It’s really an under-represented area in health generally and we’re using or we
have students coming in who are just volunteering in addition to their normal
clinic requirements to come in and because they have shown a special
interest in this area and we’re giving them some extra coaching because it
doesn’t form part of the standard curriculum. So I suppose what we’re
really try to achieve is a centre of excellence because this is an
osteopathic education institution, we’re a university or certainly linked with a
university and is here that we want to try and increase our body of knowledge
and if it doesn’t come from here I don’t know where else it’ll come from so it
has to start – it’s very small but that’s why we want to build up a body of
evidence to show what we can do in these cases. I think the benefits of Osteopathy
to women’s health are that it can allow us to look at quite a number of problems
which are functional and Osteopathy, because of the way it looks at applying
anatomy and the physiology as we understand it under our hands, can have
an impact on these potentially functional problems that are potentially
reversible – we think we don’t know but we think from anecdotal evidence. I feel
really passionately about working with women’s health issues because I think
this is an area that really is lacking in this country as a resource for women
aid and they often don’t know where to turn for help professionally. So when
patients arrive at the clinic they will be greeted by our reception staff and
then they will be met by one of our senior students and these will be
fourth-year students right at the end of their training and they’ll be very
proficient. They will take the patient up to one of our rooms and they will talk
to them first of all to find out what the issues are and it’ll be a very
comprehensive history. The student will then leave the room and come and talk to
me about the case because it’ll be me or one of my
colleagues who specialize in women’s health and we’ll discuss the
case and then we will go back together and discuss what we think with the
patient and come up with a plan to do an examination and I will generally lead
that and because it’s really a training exercise some of the assessments we do
are a little different to what we do in the general clinic so I will be involved
with a lot of the examination and helping guide the student in terms of
what we think the problem may be where we need to treat and so on
and then we discuss that clearly with the patient and get an
understanding of what we think we might be able to offer. And then we come
up with a series of plans, treatment protocols which we’ll put into place
some of those students will be aware of depending on where they are in the
cycle – some of the students will already have been introduced to these, if they’re
newer in the cycle of coming into the women’s health clinic then I will guide
them a lot more with the treatment so there’s a lot of very close support for
the students during that process and patients can be very assured that
they’re being well looked after and heard and understood. I work in a
teaching environment as well as in private practice because I find the
environment is stimulating. It makes me work harder because my students are very bright, usually far brighter than I am, and they ask me very good questions
which I don’t always know the answer and I have to go away and work and really try
and come up with some good answers for them. So it makes me work harder, it creates more interest and I think there’s just
something about being in a teaching environment that allows you to be able
to work in say a specialist clinic like this which would be harder to establish
in private practice where you could have an exclusive practice like this. Here we’ve got the support mechanisms where we possibly put
research procedures in place and it’s just a very challenging environment
we working with other colleagues other professionals who are the cutting edge
of the profession

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