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Currently BMI Ross Hall Hospital is open. We are offering new and return outpatient appointments.

On booking patients are offered options of face to face or virtual appointments either by telephone or video call. The bookings team will facilitate this process.

Currently Surgical procedures are going ahead following a robust screening programme with an enforced quarantine period. Ross Hall is working with the NHS also at present so waiting times for surgical procedures may be more prolonged than normal.


Recent advice has been published in relation to use of steroid injection and how it might affect the immune response to a vaccine

Please see below. In essence advise is to avoid around 2 weeks before or after vaccine. At the minute timing of the 2nd doses is up to 12 weeks after 1st. We will have a discussion regarding this.


Corticosteroids: oral, intra-articular, intra-muscular or IV and timing of the COVID-19 vaccination

There are some general principles but in each case the benefits and risks should be discussed with the patient to arrive at a shared decision:
• It is safe to have the COVID-19 vaccine alongside steroid exposure, but the patient may not mount such a good immune response.
• Do not delay vaccination for someone who is taking, has received or is soon to receive steroids in any form.
• If additional steroids are required to control inflammatory disease, that may take priority, as a flare can also worsen the risk from COVID-19
• It may be appropriate to delay a non-essential steroid injection, as part of a shared decision, so that the response to the vaccine is more effective. For a patient who is on an elective waiting list for a steroid injection of up to 80mg methylprednisolone or 80mg triamcinolone, the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is the priority if the vaccine has been offered to the patient and the prevalence of COVID-19 is high. In this scenario, the steroid injection should be deferred by 2 weeks after the vaccine, to enable the patient to mount the best response to the COVID-19 vaccine.


Andrew Brooksbank


The Glasgow Shoulder Clinic is a practice run by Andrew Brooksbank a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he specialises in shoulder surgery.


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