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Bluespot Knee Clinic Jingle

Composer Stuart Wood, shares his experience of creating the new Bluespot Knee Clinic radio jingle.

At the start of the summer my colleague, James Taylor, casually mentioned that his knee surgeon, Shameem Sampath, was looking to create a radio jingle for The Bluespot Knee Clinic in Manchester, England. At that time he was going down the route of a re-record of The Chordettes classic Mr Sandman, sung on occasions at the surgery by staff, as a play on Shameem’s name. Licensing this song, however, was expensive and complicated as another company was already using it their radio campaign.

I suggested a bespoke jingle would be a more flexible and enduring way and in the hands of the right composer (i.e. me) he could have an original music asset to add the emotional dimension to his brand that music provides. I had worked with vintage girl group, the Swinging Sweethearts, on their first single and was able to draw on the vocalists to create the jingle.

The plan worked liked this.

  • In consultation with Shameem, James and I established a set of key words for the jingle and jammed around these at the piano and vibraphone.
  • I recorded a demo with West End actor, Amelia Cormack that was played to Shameem on a visit to London.
  • With some adjustments to the tempo and arrangements, the vibraphone was recorded and Amelia returned with West End actors Brenda Moore-Wait and Katy Shorten.
  • Voice-over artist, Amanda Alexander added the ‘call to action’ Text Knee to 84433!
  • An extended version of the jingle was also recorded and will be available on iTunes in October.
  • Filmmaker, Melanie Malherbe filmed a video of the single with choreographer Kirsty Davide with 3 different girls, due to availability.
  • The jingle airs on Smooth Radio, Real FM, Key 103 and Magic 1152 in the Manchester region from October 7th.

For a company like Bluespot to approach a composer and filmmaker and work on a commercial campaign is rare. But, cutting out the ad agency makes a more creative experience for the client and is a prudent move. Communication and clarity of purpose kept everyone in the loop and it was one of the most enjoyable jobs I have worked on.

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Link to the YouTube Video of ‘Making of BlueSpot’ Jingle:

Bluespot Triathlon Relay Success!

James Taylor, a patient of the Bluespot knee Clinic, has completed an astonishing challenge as part of a ultra-triathlon relay. He ran half a marathon, swam 7km across the English Channel and then cycled 50km as his team completed the Enduro Challenge from London to Paris.

James is 26 years old and in November 2010 had a complete tear of his right ACL whilst playing football. Wanting to make a full recovery, James sought the specialist help of Mr Sampath, and in February of 2011 had an arthroscopy of his knee, followed by a Computer Aided Double Bundle ACL reconstruction in May 2011.

James made a strong recovery and as a keen athlete was eager to have something to work his rehabilitation towards. Having found out about the London-Paris triathlon he consulted Mr. Sampath about the possibility of doing it, barely 15 months after his operation. Having seen James’ progress Mr. Sampath was satisfied he was able to undertake the challenge, allowing them to raise money for the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

James had this to say:

“We were racing against five other big corporate teams, and managed an impressive bronze medal position. All sorts of drama unfolded along the way for the other teams, with punctures, van breakdowns and hospitalisations, but team Bluespot maintained their reliability, also rescuing members of the other teams along the way (would the bankers have repaid the favour…?). To date we have raised over £5000 for our chosen charity Sustrans.

Sustrans do great work on improving conditions for runners and cyclists, so we thought it would be fitting to complete a challenge like this to raise awareness and funds for them. Having gone through the experience of jeopardising my mobility by injuring my knee, I now value the ability of human power much more, and that gave me the motivation to complete this London-Paris triathlon challenge. Thank you Bluespot so much for your support!”

The Short term follow-up of 127 Uncemented Navigated Total Knee Replacements

Cementless total knee arthroplasty (TKA) implants were designed as an alternative to cemented implants. They were expected to provide long-term fixation without the fear of cement debris particle generation and cement degradation resulting in late prosthetic loosening and failure. They were envisioned as a superior solution for TKA in younger patients. However, critical studies revealed a unique set of complications, which included poor fixation as evidenced by frequent occurrence of radiolucent lines, aseptic loosening, osteolysis, and patellar polyethylene dissociation from metal-backed cementless patellar components. To address some of the issues with cementless implants, porous metal devices have been produced. The porous Plasmapore® titanium coating represents over 20 years of clinical experience, mostly for cementless hip implantation. The purpose of this follow-up investigation is to show the early clinical results of the plasma-sprayed Plasmapore® coating combined with a thin bioactive layer of calcium phosphate, the so-called μ-CaP, in a cementless knee-endoprosthesis. To guarantee good prosthesis alignment and soft tissue balancing all 127 patients in this study were operated using a non-image-based navigation system. These patients, mostly with an indication of idiopathic osteoarthritis, received an  Uncemented primary Total Knee Replacement (TKR) and were reviewed at an average follow-up period between 3 months and 3 years (average: 15 months). For most of the patients the integrated Knee Society Score was available for evaluation of clinical and functional results, and the Oxford Score for a patient self reported outcome. A comparison of preoperative and postoperative rankings showed a significant improvement, from a mean of 79 preoperatively to 184 at 3 months, 188 at 6 months, 191 after 1 year. 8 patients already had 3 year follow-up, with a KSS of 198. The average preoperative Oxford score was 44, after 3 months 17, after 6 months 15. 1 year after operation the assessments revealed an average Oxford score of 15 and after 3 years (for 8 patients) it was 13. There were 25 surgical morbidities. These included bleeding into 2 knees, 2 confirmed superficial wound infections associated with the suture knots, 10 cases of wound erythema, 1 small superficial haematoma, 5 deep vein thromboses with 3 pulmonary embolisms, and 2 cases of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. No prosthesis related problems or revisions occurred.

Shameem A C Sampath 1, South H Voon 2, Howard Davies 2
1The Bluespot Knee Clinic, Blackpool, United Kingdom
2Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom

About Mr. Sampath

I graduated from Medical School at the University of The West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980.

After my early post graduate surgical training in the United Kingdom, I completed my Specialist Orthopaedic Training in Oxford, Harvard and Liverpool.

I have been a Registered Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon in England since 1996 and have been specializing in computer aided knee surgery since 2005.

I was lucky to have Consultants and Professors who were great teachers. They taught me how important it is for the patient and all of those involved in treating the patient to understand the conditions and proposed operations.

I hope this web site helps.
Shameem A C Sampath FRCS MCh(Orth)

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