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Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Course Hailed a Great Success

After months of hard work and detailed preparation, the Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Course became a reality.

The Course is the brainchild of Dr Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, a Urology ST7 in Yorkshire.  He teamed up with a number of dedicated colleagues to put together a comprehensive and detailed course, covering all aspects of rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injuries.

The Team consisted of Dr Modar Khalil, Consultant Neurologist, Dr Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, Urologist, Mr Ibrahim El-Sherkawy, Senior Physiotherapist, Mr Mohammad Sabbagh, Physiotherapist, and Ms Alison MacKay, Scientist and Urodynamics Nurse, with Dr Abdullah Hanoun as Course Co-ordinator.

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The Team ran two courses, back to back, from 19th to 23rd December 2015, in the town of Reyhanli, and the trainees were doctors, nurses and therapists from inside and outside Syria, who travelled to the Turkish town especially for that purpose. It was followed by two further days dedicated to Urodynamics for the benefit of the Urologists working with the Syrian refugees.

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The Courses addressed the various and complex issues relating to spinal cord injury rehabilitation, including Anatomy & Physiology, Neuropathic Bladder, Urodynamics, Dysreflexia, Self-Catheterisation, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Skin Care, Bowel Rehabilitation, and Physiotherapy.  It also included practical group sessions dealing with actual patients.

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The Courses were extremely well received by the trainees, and the feedback was, on the whole, very positive indeed.  There were, naturally, some areas where improvements could be made, so the Course Co-ordinator and the Team will address those issues, and ensure that the necessary improvements are implemented for future courses.

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The SBMS is immensely grateful for the hard work that the faculty had put in to ensure the success of these Courses.  Their commitment and enthusiasm have been the solid foundation on which that success was built upon.

We are very grateful for the invaluable administrative support provided by UOSSM Staff, and for the financial support provided by Syria Relief.

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