Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine

A rapid access Saturday clinic for children and adolescents with sports and orthopaedic trauma injuries

Overview

The Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine clinic at Cromwell Hospital is our rapid access Saturday service for children and adolescents who have experienced sports and orthopaedic injuries and need fast access to diagnostics and treatment.

Offering same day appointments, the service is specifically designed so that your child can see a consultant orthopaedic surgeon that day, and receive any necessary imaging, tests and plaster casting as part of that same appointment.

How to book an appointment at Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine

  1. If your child experiences an injury on a Saturday, for example, on the sports field, please do call our dedicated Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine appointments team on 020 7341 5032
  2. A member of the appointments team will take your call and divert you through to the on-call consultant
  3. The on-call consultant will speak with you about the injury and your child’s symptoms. They may then invite you into Cromwell Hospital for a same day, on-site review at the Saturday afternoon clinic
  4. At Cromwell Hospital, your child will be seen by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, with imaging and plaster casting available on-site as part of the same appointment slot
  5. A follow-up consultation to check on your child’s recovery after the weekend can be booked for the following week, along with surgery if needed

What type of injuries can be treated at the Children and Adolescent Sports Medicine clinic?

Our team of orthopaedic surgeons assess and treat a range of different sports and trauma injuries at the clinic, including:

  • Sports injuries affecting the knee, ankle, elbow, shoulder and wrists
  • Ligament injuries, for example, an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

For these injuries, ensuring your child is assessed and treated quickly can help minimise the injury impact and enable your child to return to sport and their usual activity as quickly as possible. ​

The clinic is not an Accident and Emergency (A&E) service, so there will be some types of injuries which we cannot treat. For example, if there is evidence of a head injury, your child should attend your local A&E department.

If you are unsure whether a trip to A&E is needed, the best course of action would be to call our dedicated phone line and discuss your options with the on-call consultant. They will be able to advise on the next steps for your child.

Book an appointment today

Our telephone lines are open 8am to 6pm on Saturdays, excluding bank holiday weekends.

If you need support outside these hours, please call our appointments team on 020 7460 5700. The opening hours for this phone line are 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays. Please note - regrettably we are unable to answer specific medical questions or offer medical advice via internet, email or telephone.