A world turned upside down
2020 seemed to start like any other year - full of promise for us and our patients, but that was before Coronavirus became a pandemic affecting people in every corner of the globe.
2020 started off with much promise for Professor Mackay, our patients and staff. We were looking forwards to introducing new technologies into our practice, such as using Nanoscopes, to help make our patient's experience easier and their recoveries quicker. Professor Mackay saw patients as usual for the first two months of the year but there was growing news creeping out of China about a virus that seemed to be very contagious and was causing the deaths of many. As we all know this was coronavirus, which is still sweeping the world and has led to ongoing international shutdowns as countries try to deal with the pandemic.
Here at The Mackay Clinic it quickly became clear that this was a serious situation for the country and as we all know there were initial fears that the NHS would become overwhelmed with critically ill patients. Professor Mackay made an early decision to close the Mackay Clinic and offer his services to the NHS in whatever capacity they could use him.
He ended up working in BMI King's Park Hospital in Stirling which was requisitioned for use as a critical cancer operating centre. As an orthopaedic surgeon this is obviously not Professor Mackay's specialist field but he was drafted in as a surgical assistant in which capacity he has been helping for the duration of the lockdown. He was inspired by the dedicated surgeons, anesthetists and support staff who are going above and beyond to help provide urgent cancer surgery. Often these patients had already faced uncertainty with adjacent chemotherapy being withheld or cancelled to avoid any further immune compromise. The additional cancellation of surgery could have undetermined their chances of a successful recovery. Surgical teams from Fife, Tayside as well as Forth Valley in particular the breast surgeons coordinated a fantastic effort for these patients.
Professor Mackay assisted in these cases for the several weeks before it became clear that the NHS in Scotland was not becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus cases as the UK curve flattened following the first wave of cases. At the time of writing this The Mackay Clinic has reopened and patients are once again being seen and assessed. Please head to our website and our updated Coronavirus statement for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you
All our Clinics have now re-opened (apart from at Space in Edinburgh) Clinic are of course being run under strict hygiene and sanitation procedures. If you do injure yourself and would like to make an appointment then please get in touch. If on the day of your appointment you are suffering from new continuous cough, fever or any other similar symptoms, or have done within the last two weeks then please call - 0141 810 3151 to rearrange your appointment date.
We are delighted to announce that The Mackay Clinic has now resumed all normal face to face appointment clinics and also surgery, for appropriate cases. Our office is open and takes calls from 9am – 1.30pm, Monday to Friday – 01786 406424, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
We love this photo of patient Charlotte - thanks to her Mum for sending it in. "Charlotte on one of our daily dog walks, she has had Meniscus surgery and more recent shoulder stabilisation. Here she is managing to throw an extra large stick for one of our dogs, which she couldn’t do pre-op. Thank you for all your help." Keep up the good work Charlotte.
Some members of our 'Rehab Club'
Many millions of migrant workers were stranded as Lockdown was announced in India.
The Lockdown has affected the poorest in Indian society leaving many with no food or money.
The Duncan Hospital has been feeding up to 5000 local people every week - using up huge financial resources.
People walked hundreds of miles with infants and toddlers to reach home
Sadly in July The Duncan is struggling with severe flooding causing huge problems for not only staff but also heaping more misery onto local people.