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2012 Mount Olympus Challenge

Olympic Challenge to end misery for so many

In London’s Olympic year Jeremy Ockrim Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical lead for Sacral Nerve Neuromodulation at University College Hospital London will be leading a team of Medical professionals from University College Hospital in their very own week of Olympic Challenges.
Sunday, 9th September will mark the start with the second 5k Fun Run to be held in London’s Regents Park. Building on the success of last year’s event, this year will include a mini Olympics for the children with events such as egg and spoon, sack race and tug of war.
‘Ockrim’s Bladder Olympians’ as they have become affectionately known at UCLH, will then be setting off on Thursday, 13th September  in a race to summit Mount Olympus the highest mountain in Greece. It stands at just under 10,000 feet high and they will be allowing themselves just 48 hours to successfully climb and descend! This should prove a formidable task
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JEREMY OCKRIM – Consultant Urological Surgeon UCLH

Even though ‘Ockrim’s Bladder Olympian’s’ are certainly not athletes and people who know us appreciate that we are generally averse to strenuous physical activity, we want to be able to offer our patients the best treatments. Not only are we trying to raise vital funds for surgical research into bladder dysfunction, but we also hope to break down one of the last taboo subjects of the 21st Century, and to get people to talk openly and freely without embarrassment seeking the treatment they require. Bladder conditions affect so many people, but we want to let people know that they can be treated and quality of life can be restored. The funds we raise with this challenge will enable research and treatment such as Sarcal Nerve Neuromodulation to continue at the specialist urology unit at UCLH.
It will be a very challenging trip for us all and will take us well out of our comfort zones. We will be spurred on with the knowledge that if it helps improve the quality of life of others with bladder conditions and breaks down some of the taboos surrounding bladder conditions then it is all worth it.– patient care is paramount to all the staff at the Female, Functional and Restorative Urology Unit at UCLH. Undertaking this challenge shows how dedicated the staff are, to giving up their time and putting so much effort into training, to ensure their patients receive the best care available.

Colleagues at UCLH who will join Jeremy on this epic challenge:

TAMSIN GREENWELL – Consultant Urological Surgeon UCLH
” For too long bladder problems such as urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and bladder pain have been overlooked in terms of funding and public awareness. These problems may not be life threatening but they do destroy lives and deserve everyone’s best efforts to find and fund a cure.’
RICHARD WESTON – Clinical Nurse Practitioner UCLH
” Research into bladder dysfunction really does help to improve the quality of life for all those effected”
JULIAN SHAH – Consultant Urological Surgeon UCLH
“My mission in life is to “make the wet dry” and to solve difficult, long-standing benign prostate problems.”
FIONA HOLDEN – Clinical Nurse Practitioner UCLH
“I am looking forward to the Mount Olympus climbing challenge, and helping to raise money for this vital area of research”
JULIE JENKS- Clinical Nurse Practitioner UCLH
“I am delighted to be taking on this challenge as I recognise the importance of research & development in the field of urology. Taboos need to be broken and the mount Olympus climb aims to highlight that no one needs to suffer in silence. has shown that if you speak out about your bladder problems you can overcome them and go on to lead a very fulfilling life’”
LOIS ROBERTS – General Manager Division of Surgical Specialties University College London Hospital
Bladder incontinence is a very common condition but for many embarrassment or lack of awareness can lead to needless suffering with many experiencing socially disabling symptoms. Incontinence is a medical condition that can be treated and for Some patients cured.  I am excited to participate in the Mount Olympus Challenge to raise awareness and help support research a condition that affects millions.

Tackling Taboos

As well as raising funds for the UCLH urology unit Jeremy Ockrim and his colleagues hope to tackle some of the taboos relating to urological issues which both men and women may not be comfortable talking about – such as bladder dysfunction, incontinence after prostate surgery, prolapse and congenital abnormalities. These can have chronic disabling effects on a person’s life.
Please do not suffer in silence, support us so that we may support you!UCL

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