State-of-the art physiotherapy centre opens at UWIC 

A UNIQUE physiotherapy centre has opened at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, (UWIC), and is set to give members of the public access to the same treatment received by elite Welsh athletes like Rhys Williams and former Olympic champion Colin Jackson.

The centre, which is the only one of its kind in Wales, has been jointly funded by UWIC and Spire Cardiff Hospital, and is based at the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) at the UWIC Cyncoed campus.

Top athletes, staff and students at UWIC, as well as members of the public, will all be entitled to first-class physiotherapy treatment at the new centre, including cutting-edge biomechanic techniques.

The clinic uses state-of-art technology developed by the aeronautic industry, which previously has only been available in highly specialised sports laboratories to accurately diagnose chronic lower limb injuries. This technology is particularly useful in the field of sports injuries, but is also effective on other injuries of this kind, including patients who have had knee replacements.

Professor Hechmi Tumi, a Professor Associate at the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, has been instrumental in setting up the new physiotherapy clinic, and explained how the new technology will help therapists with better diagnosis and treatment.

“The computer systems we use at the clinic offer high resolution, accurate motion capture to acquire, analyse and display 3-D images of the patients while they are walking. Patients often have symptoms that only appear during or after they have been playing sport, making some injuries very difficult to diagnose.

“With the help of this new technology, therapists can observe patients in movement for an accurate diagnosis, and any subsequent corrective treatment becomes far more precise and focused. The visual aid also helps physiotherapists to more easily explain the treatment to the patients themselves.”

400m hurdler, Rhys Williams, one of Wales’ top performing track athletes, has been to experience some of the treatments and facilities on offer at the new centre. He said: “The reputation for sports science and research at UWIC has always been good, and the new physiotherapy clinic can only add to that reputation for excellence. It’s a fantastic facility, not only for athletes like me, but also for anyone else who needs sports injury treatment.” 

Richard Moremon, Director of Marketing and Communication at UWIC said; “What is wonderful about this centre is the fact that members of the public can be treated alongside elite athletes like Rhys, receiving the same standard of targeted, top-quality physiotherapy. With up to 1,500 people already passing through the National Indoor Athletics Centre every week, we expect the physiotherapy treatments to be in high demand.”

Nicola Amery, Hospital Director for Spire Cardiff Hospital said: “The result of the partnership between UWIC and SPIRE Cardiff Hospital has proved extremely successful, with world-class facilities now available in Wales and open to all.”

Spire Healthcare is one of the leading independent hospital providers in the UK, with a 25 year heritage of customer service and clinical excellence. It was formed in 2007 from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to leading private equity company Cinven.

Spire Healthcare has 25 hospitals across the UK, providing services for private and insured patients as well as NHS funded patients under the government’s Choose and Book scheme. It also offers cosmetic and weight-loss surgery.

Its hospitals carry out more than 160,000 in-patient and day-case treatments a year and work with over 3,000 consultants. It is proud to be the first independent hospital group to publish clinical outcome data.

For further information contact Kelly Harper, Communications Assistant:

Tel: 029 2041 6777
Email: kharper@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/