Brenda Buzzard: a pioneer of haemophilia physiotherapy

It was with great sadness that Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals and The Haemophilia Chartered Physiotherapy Organisation learned of the passing of Brenda Buzzard, a renowned ex staff member and haemophilia physiotherapist. Brenda started her career as a physiotherapist in Newcastle at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in 1976, experiencing different areas of physiotherapy. She progressed over the years in orthopaedics and haemophilia, where she had a team lead and clinical specialist role...

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