Angela Rippon launches new patient guides for hip and knee surgery
Angela Rippon, Vice President of The Patients Association, helped hospital staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter hand out copies of new information guides for patients having hip and knee surgery.
The guide books will support the Enhanced Recovery programme developed at the RD&E Wonford which informs and empowers patients to have better understanding and more involvement in their health care and recovery.
Patients will receive their guides when they come in to the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC) as part of the preparations in readiness for their hip or knee surgery. The books, produced in partnership with Stryker, sets out what they can expect before, during and after their operation.
The guides also double up as a useful record the patient can keep of their own appointments, treatment plan and arrangements for leaving hospital after surgery.
The Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre performs 1,100 surgical procedures on knees and hips each year.
Vice President of The Patients Association Angela Rippon said: “Coming into hospital for surgery can be a daunting and sometimes frightening prospect. The more information patients have about their treatment and rehabilitation, the more they can feel reassured and actively involved in managing their own health. I was particularly impressed by the work the RD&E has done with their ‘Enhanced Recovery’ programme which enables patients to return home sooner and continue their recovery in their own community.”
Andy Toms, RD&E Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon said: “The guides are the latest embodiment of Patient Care in PEOC. The department has a long history of excellence in hips and knee arthroplasty and is still at the forefront of innovation in joint replacement. This represents one specific area where the team are continuing to improve the lives of their patients.”
“We created these guides for our patients because we appreciated that they can get bombarded with a lot of written and spoken information which can be overwhelming and not always be fully understood. By having the guide to take home and bring into hospital, patients and their carers or families can read and consider the advice in their own time and at their own pace. We want our patients to be informed and involved in their own health matters and hope by pulling all the strands of information about their care before, during and following surgery, they can have a more positive experience.”
The guide content was produced with contributions and feedback from a range of hospital staff including consultant surgeons, therapists and nurses.