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Russian medics visit Birmingham Children's Hospital

A team of Russian medics made a special visit to Birmingham Children's Hospital last week to meet young patients and hear from world-leading rare skin disease experts at the hospital.

The team from St Petersburg Children's Hospital No 1 want to set up a specialist clinic to treat Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and came to learn more about the condition at Birmingham Children's Hospital - one of the world-leading centres to run a specialist paediatric service for EB.

They joined the hospital's annual EB course, attended by teams of health professionals from across the UK, and a special session was coordinated for them with help from Russian-speaking UK based dermatologists Katya Burova and Olga Golberg.

They were shown videos of children with EB undergoing procedures in Birmingham, including hand surgery and inserting a feeding tube into the stomach – both requiring exceptional care and expertise to treat a child whose skin and membranes break so easily. They also benefitted from demonstrations of dressings used on patients, spoke to young people with the condition, and visited the burns, dental and eye departments. 

Professor Celia Moss, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Consultant Dermatologist, who ran the course, said: "We’ve been doing this for five years for an English audience so this was a great opportunity to share our knowledge and experience in EB with medical colleagues in St Petersburg as they work to set up their own service in the field."

Marina Brazol, EB Service Lead from St Petersburg Children's Hospital No 1, said: "I’d like to say the warmest thank you to the team in Birmingham for their hospitality and I look forward to enduring links between our respective teams."

Miranda Lloyd, DEBRA UK

Group picture in a meeting room