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Graham Alexander

Why did you decide to introduce the Rapid Recovery Programme?

I think the initial idea came from a discussion with one of our surgeons in Wrexham, Mr Tony Smith and in the discussion with Tony, I felt this was an opportunity to really push forward with something which was clearly emerging as important in terms of offering better quality of care.  I t was clear that Tony was extremely keen and enthusiastic about this and was prepared to act as a consultant champion, which was important, as we could really move via Tony’s commitment and then spread the principle of Rapid Recovery across the Orthopaedic department in Wrexham.

Clearly, it also had enormous benefits around efficiency and I’ll make no secret of the fact whilst I think quality of care has been paramount in terms of us doing this, it provided a mechanism to improve length of stay within Wrexham, which was hugely important. I think it demonstrated within the department a real willingness by Consultants to continue the look to modernise patient pathways.  It therefore presented a great opportunity to say ‘let’s look at the elective Orthopaedic pathway, let’s adopt a structured programme which will generate the qualitative and quantitative benefits that we want’, because fundamentally if we can get patients out of hospital quicker that’s to everybody’s advantage.

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  • Graham Alexander - Directorate General Manager - SATCH