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Patient Stories



" feel much more confident going into surgery."

Mrs Maskell

I had a Total Hip Replacement and I’d had one previously seven years ago on the other side, so I’d gone through it before.  The whole procedure from when I saw the Consultant in outpatients, right the way through to the actual operation, it was just so much better.

Going to Joint School, although I’d gone through the procedure before, it was so reassuring, so helpful, and for people who wouldn’t have gone through it before it would certainly help them, and people I talked to on the ward after the operation certainly found it so.  I just think it is a really good set up and would promote it to anybody.

I went to my GP and got an appointment very, very quickly, I think the appointment came through within two weeks of me seeing my GP.  Once they told me about Joint School and that I would be sent an appointment, and after Joint School I felt a lot more confident.  They originally said you’d go home on the fourth day, but my wound was a little bit oozy so they wouldn’t let me go until the next day, but then I did go, so great!

We were welcomed and there were loads of other people in the room, and we were then told exactly what was going to happen; that we would have a talk from the Consultant and a talk from an anaesthetist, that there would be a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and if we wanted to, we could go and visit the ward and talk to nurses there. 

And then we had all these talks and when it came to the physiotherapist, I was given my crutches, measured for them, given my crutches, told about the exercises to be doing pre-operatively.  The occupational therapist established what we needed at home and ordered it there and then, and within days the raised toilet seats came and we also had a shower stool lent to us.  It was just incredible.  The pharmacist talked me through drugs and told me what to take right up until the actual day of operation and what to stop taking beforehand, so that I knew; I mean none of that was done the last time so that was brilliant. 

I think the fact that you’re well prepared for the surgery that you’re having, so you know what to do afterwards, you feel much more confident going into surgery, and also I think it’s good to get people out of hospital nowadays as quickly as possible, a) because of the infection risk that there is, and also it’s better, it was certainly better for me as a person to get home into my own environment; nobody wants to be in hospital longer than they need. 

Actually I was surprised that everybody that was there on the day that we went had someone with them and I think everybody was suitably impressed and people I’ve spoken to since about it, who have experienced it have said yes, it’s a really good thing.

I think the Trinity Ward  is an excellent ward.  I think all the staff are very good, they all work together as a team and it’s just really, really good - I couldn’t fault anything.


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If you are a patient reading this story, please bear in mind that it is one individual person’s health story that is being presented here.  Whether this surgery would also be possible in your circumstances, and whether results could be similar, depends entirely on your doctor’s evaluation, your personal health situation, age, fitness, weight and a number of other circumstances.  Please also bear in mind that having surgery is always associated with risk and that you must take time to recover; in particular, the success of a surgery depends to no small extent on your own commitment to physical therapy following surgery.