What do we do?
We only do knees: we specialise in the treatment of all knee injuries and conditions, including osteoarthritis.
The Chester Knee Clinic is run by Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon Mr Vladimir Bobic, who has over 26 years of experience in treating solely knee problems. With a team of specialised orthopaedic and nursing staff, physiotherapists, radiologists and anaesthetists we offer comprehensive diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services of extensive range of knee problems. Chester Knee Clinic is particularly suited to the advanced MR imaging, treatment and rehabilitation of articular cartilage injuries. It is fully developed in terms of clinical governance, patient education, research and outcome studies, and staff education. The Clinic attracts nationwide private and NHS referrals and treats insured and non-insured patients from all walks of life.
Chester Knee Clinic is recognised as an ISAKOS-Approved Teaching Centre.
Where are we?
Chester Knee Clinic is based at Nuffield Health, The Grosvenor Hospital Chester since 1996. The Grosvenor Hospital was built on the southern outskirts of Chester in 1975. This well-equipped hospital has 36 private bedrooms and offers the highest standards of medical care. We have recently completed a major investment in our two theatres (with laminar flow facilities), diagnostic and outpatient departments and all of our rooms have private en-suite facilities. We deliver a comprehensive range of services and treatments and have invested in the most up-to-date medical equipment. We have excellent physiotherapy department and digital imaging facilities, including MRI and CT scanners on site. Directions. We also have one weekly Knee Clinic at Spire Cheshire Hospital, Stretton, Warrington.
Our goal is to provide high-quality care and an efficient and modern knee service to all of our patients.
We believe in good communication and patient education. All of our patients are informed about the nature of their knee problems, planned diagnostic procedures, including imaging studies, treatment options and rehabilitation. We provide detailed online or printed information packages for our patients undergoing specific knee surgical procedures, including information about the benefits, the risks and potential complications. We aim to provide a balanced view on various knee conditions and treatment options, in combination with accurate and up-to-date information. We believe that an informed patient can make better choices about the treatment of knee problems. The more a patient knows about the options available, both operative and non-operative, the more confident he or she can be in making the choice, and the better the outcome.
This website provides substantive information on numerous knee problems and goes beyond basic discussions with in-depth information about surgical and non-surgical options, non-operative treatment benefits and limits, rehabilitation, and specific operative procedures and potential complications. Armed with this information, the patient can work in partnership with his or her surgeon to make an informed treatment choice.
Internet, Email and Telephone Consultations
Your first point of contact to discuss your knee problems should be your General Practitioner or your Physiotherapist. This web site provides additional information which your GP may not have, but does not replace the service the GP provides.
Please be aware that we can not discuss any personal clinical details and treatment options by email or telephone. Also, please note that we are unable to give any advice on acute or chronic knee injuries, problems and conditions, by email or telephone. Giving such advice, without seeing the patient in person, is clearly against the guidelines of the GMC (General Medical Council) and the MDU (Medical Defence Union). Please scroll down the CKC News 2013 page for more information (brief summary of recommendations on email communication and established patient-doctor relationships).
Although not essential initially, we prefer to have a referral letter from a General Practitioner or a Physiotherapist prior to the first appointment with Professor Bobic. Our normal practice is to write to GPs and Physiotherapists and to copy all clinical correspondence, imaging reports and lab test results to our patients after each consultation.
If you plan to claim the cost of your consultations and treatment through a private or corporate healthcare insurance policy your insurer may require a referral from your GP. If you are paying for your own consultations and treatment we can normally arrange an appointment for you without a GP referral letter. However, we will ask your permission to write to your GP and your physiotherapist after each consultation, just to ensure that a record of your medical care is complete and up to date.
NHS Appointments: It is also possible to have your treatment at the Grosvenor Hospital Chester, under the terms of Choose and Book NHS agreement in England, by choosing to see Mr Bobic in Monday or Tuesday morning knee clinic (8:40 appointment only).
Patient History Form
If you have an appointment to see Professor Bobic please download, print and complete Patient History Form by hand. Bring it with you, with copies of other relevant medical documents (clinical letters, physiotherapy reports, x-ray and MRI reports and films, operation records, etc.).
Your personal and clinical data, video-clips and digital clinical, arthroscopic and MR images will be stored and kept on a secure standalone computer and back-up drive, according to the Data Protection Act 1998. We are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.
This information will be available to Nuffield or Spire Hospitals but will not be shared with anybody else. Nuffield or Spire staff or auditors may request access to your medical file at any time to verify the accuracy of the collected data and to determine the safety and efficacy of your treatment. We will share this anonymised clinical information with the health authorities and the results may be used for scientific reports, publications or presentations. Your knee operation may be recorded digitally and kept as a part of your record, and may be used for research, outcome studies, training and educational purposes. If we wish to publish any of your clinical data or images, even if they do not identify you personally, we will ask for your written permission.
We also store some of our clinical files (letters, imaging and lab reports) online, using Dropbox for remote access when we are away from our office. Dropbox uses modern and safe encryption methods for file transfer and storage, and is widely used by medical and legal professionals. Access to Dropbox CKC clinical files is available only to our typist and the two Directors of Chester Knee Clinic.
If you communicate with us by email, mail or any other form of communication, be assured that any personal data that you may include will not be passed on to any third parties. Please be aware that any communication with ourselves may be made public under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Pinterest Arthroscopic and MR Image Boards
We are posting a selection of original arthroscopic and MR images from our daily clinical and surgical practice on Pinterest and Twitter. All images are anonymous and are intended to provide good quality visual information on typical knee problems but also normal knee anatomy for educational purposes. We will aim to Tweet a few selected anonymised images from time to time but all images will be available on Pinterest Arthroscopy and MRI boards.
CMA Order, Financial Disclosures and our Fees
As required by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Order of October 2014 we, as Chester Knee Clinic and individual clinicians, declare that we do not have any financial interests in Nuffield Health or Spire Health Hospitals.
Our surgical fees are always in keeping with suggested fees and fee schedule of all healthcare insurers. Our surgical fees for non-insured patients are set by Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital Chester and Spire Cheshire Hospital Stretton. A list of surgical fees and charges for X-ray, Ultrasound and MR Imaging is available from each hospital's Customer Services.
Our fee for the initial consultation is £200.00 and £130.00 for each follow-up consultation.
Website Funding and Advertising
This is a non-profit website, available to the public and health professionals free of charge. We do not sell anything online - full access to all information and downloads is free. The website is funded privately and entirely independently by the Directors of Chester Knee Clinic, Chester, UK, without any financial support of any medical, pharmaceutical, orthopaedic or other companies or organisations. This website does not display any form of advertising.
Errare Humanum Est ...
We have done our best to check the content of each page of this website but if you spot a typo, incorrect spelling, or something else that has slipped the net please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Constructive criticism and suggestions are always welcome.
Page updated on 28 October 2018
Site last updated on: 28 March 2014
Disclaimer: This website is a source of information and education resource for health professionals and individuals with knee problems. Neither Chester Knee Clinic nor Vladimir Bobic make any warranties or guarantees that the information contained herein is accurate or complete, and are not responsible for any errors or omissions therein, or for the results obtained from the use of such information. Users of this information are encouraged to confirm the accuracy and applicability thereof with other sources. Not all knee conditions and treatment modalities are described on this website. The opinions and methods of diagnosis and treatment change inevitably and rapidly as new information becomes available, and therefore the information in this website does not necessarily represent the most current thoughts or methods. The content of this website is provided for information only and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment or as a substitute for consultation with your own doctor or a specialist. Email addresses supplied are provided for basic enquiries and should not be used for urgent or emergency requests, treatment of any knee injuries or conditions or to transmit confidential or medical information. If you have sustained a knee injury or have a medical condition, you should promptly seek appropriate medical advice from your local doctor. Any opinions or information, unless otherwise stated, are those of Vladimir Bobic, and in no way claim to represent the views of any other medical professionals or institutions, including Nuffield Health and Spire Hospitals. Chester Knee Clinic will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages, loss or injury to persons which may occur by the user's reliance on any statements, information or advice contained in this website. Chester Knee Clinic is not responsible for the content of external websites.
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