Nuffield Health, a healthcare charity, has become the Official Medical Partner to Bristol Bears and Bristol Bears Women.

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital will provide both teams with access to state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including MRI, DXA, X-Ray and CT scans.

The multi-year agreement ensures that all players will have a direct route to scanning immediately after an injury occurs, before receiving the diagnosis and treatment they require soon after.

With a support network that includes some of the most highly-regarded specialist surgeons in the southwest, the correct management of an injury is taken to ensure that the player returns to training as soon as practicably possible.

Adam Roberts, Head of Medical Services at Bristol Bears said: “In the physically demanding world of elite rugby union, rapid access to first-class medical facilities and specialists is vital. This exciting partnership with Nuffield Health will ensure our squads receive optimal care to both enhance performance and maximise player welfare.”

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital Director of Operations, Adam Husband, commented on the partnership, adding: “The team are delighted to be working with Bristol Bears and Bristol Bears Women. This exciting, new partnership aligns with our purpose of supporting the healthcare needs of people in local communities. It’s our absolute pleasure to support the club in their continued future success on the pitch through the healthcare services we offer.”

Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare charity, and for over 60 years, their experts have been working together to make the nation fitter, healthier, happier and stronger, all for the public benefit.  Today, it runs a network of 37 hospitals, 113 fitness and wellbeing clubs, medical centres, free charitable community programmes, and workplace wellbeing healthcare services across the UK.

Through this network, Nuffield Health offers connected healthcare provision, including physiotherapy, nutritional therapy, GP services, emotional wellbeing support, occupational health, comprehensive health assessments, personal training, and hospital treatment.