I'm very sorry to have to inform people that Professor Howard Bird will officially retire at the end of this month, 31st of July 2010. Despite efforts by the HMSA and several individuals with EDS Chapel Allerton hospital do not intend to replace Professor Bird. This means that from August onwards there will be no specialist provision for HMS or EDS patients in Leeds.
The planned clinics in Gateshead and Manchester are still to go ahead, but it will take many years to build up the kind of expertise there was in Leeds.
Thank you so much to Professor Bird, his hard working, ever patient secretary Lesley and all the rest of the staff at Chapel Allerton for all the support they have provided to those of us with connective tissue disorders over the years.