Recovery Best At Dorset County
12:04am 9th August 2012
(Updated 8:59am 9th August 2012)
Recovering from knee and hip operations is the quickest from the Dorset County hospital than any other in the UK.
The South West of England Enhanced Recovery Group says our County hospital Foundation Trust has the shorterst average stay for all sopecialities out of 36 acute units in the UK.
Most are discharged within 3 or 4 days and have telephone follow up assessments.
Mr Ward said team work made a swift recovery for patients possible: “A team approach, with the patient at the centre, involving physiotherapists, occupational therapists and the nursing staff is essential.
“Our figures continue to improve and our patients are in hospital for an average of three days. Earlier mobilisation is safer practice, benefiting all involved.
“In recent years lengths of stay have fallen but new drives concentrating on patient education and expectations linked to changing anaesthetic and nursing practice allow remarkably short stays after major surgery.
“With an organised approach and well motivated patients we hope to see more and more hip and knee replacement patients achieving very early discharge.”