Bristol Flyers support treatment centre’s thrombosis awareness event after centre helps player

City basketball team the Bristol Flyers have joined in Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre’s drive to highlight a condition that kills more than 25,000 people a year.

Stephane Jaglin, the treatment centre’s pharmacist and thrombosis lead and a trustee of the charity Thrombosis UK, is taking on an awareness and fundraising bike challenge.

He said: “Medicine has come a long way in preventing blood clots, but they remain a major cause of death and disability in the UK. People may be surprised to learn that it is the number one cause of preventable deaths in hospital and responsible for one in four of all deaths. Globally, someone dies from a clot every six seconds.

“Clots can affect the healthiest of people, even top-class athletes, but we hope by raising awareness of simple steps you can take and by raising funds for research we will be able to cut the damage caused by clots.”

Stephane’s work has been given a boost by the Bristol Flyers who contributed courtside seat tickets to the raffle that forms part of his fundraising efforts after one of the team was treated at the centre.

Recently, former Flyer forward Leslee Smith was treated at the centre.  Craig Barden, Bristol Flyers’ club therapist said: “Leslee had an ongoing issue with his knee throughout last season which we had scanned. It was decided that we would wait until the end of the season to have the arthroscopy that was needed, by which time the waiting list on the NHS was three to six months: this obviously isn’t ideal being a professional athlete.”

Fortunately, Mike Burnett, the centre’s operations manager, was able to tell the team about the centre’s exceptionally low NHS waiting times.

Craig said: “We managed to get Leslee in to see the consultant within a week and then he had the procedure done a short time following that, allowing him to fly back to the USA for the off-season to recover.

“His rehabilitation is going well and Leslee is now back playing basketball only a few months after the operation. I was thoroughly impressed not only with the care he received but also the ease and speed of the process. Without it Leslee could still be waiting for the operation now on the NHS, had we not gone down this route.”

Hospital director Rob Thomas said: “We were delighted to be able to treat Leslee and we are all pleased to hear he is playing again.

“We have a first class orthopaedic team and very short waiting times for all NHS patients and these services are open to any patient with just a referral letter from their GP.”