"Total Hip Replacement - July 2013"

About: Wrightington Hospital

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An assessment for total hip replacement was made by my local hospital in Macclesfield and I was not filled with confidence. I then found out about Wrightington and a few weeks later I had an impressive experience. As you walk through the door in reception you know you are at a hospital that is a centre of excellence. My operation was carried out in mid-July and I was transferred to Ward 5. I returned home just 3 days later. I don't think I could have asked for a better surgeon to perform the operation and he is to be congratulated on his work. I consider my scar to be minimal, and recovery is on target - thank you. Ward 5 was a busy place, and it was at a time when outside temperatures were in the 30's. I was told that on the day I had my operation there were a total of 16 major limb operations carried out and whilst this put a large workload on the staff I felt that at no time was I neglected. I would also like to say that others around me also received attention when required albeit occasionally not immediately which in a busy ward is common and understandable. Compliments to the staff and nurses who regularly used the antiseptic hand wash gel. Once I returned home I felt somewhat vulnerable not having the nursing staff nearby, but this was resolved by phoning the Recovery Team number and receiving the appropriate advice for which I am very grateful. I am now 8 weeks past my operation and looking forward to a full recovery although the skiing may be relegated to memories.

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Response from Susan Heighway, Patient Relations / PALS Manager , Patient Relations / PALS, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience during your recent stay at Wrightington Hospital. It is lovely to hear such nice comments about the surgeon and the staff you encountered. I am also pleased to hear that you are making a good recovery, and appropriate advice was provided to you by the Recovery Team when you required it. Your posting has been forwarded to the General Manager and Head of Nursing for Specialist Services who will share your story with the staff concerned.

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