"Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge"

About: Addenbrooke's Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as a relative),

I recently attended Addenbrooke's Hospital, over a period of six weeks including surgery, for treatment of a fractured left wrist; the overall service was good, if somewhat no-frills and with some rough edges. The Plaster Room senior technician was a very decent man, quick and expert. I have one suggestion about the outpatients fracture clinic, where at each appointment the review of progress was based on newly taken x-rays transmitted electronically from the X-ray Dept to the clinic. None of the treatment rooms in which I was interviewed was fitted up with a screen on which the x-rays could be shown to patients and explained and discussed. It would be relatively easy to instal this facility, and then patients could be better informed about treatment options and self-management. It would also be more satisfying to patients, to understand their injury, and such a feature need not unreasonably prolong interview time. Before this new technology doctors would frequently show patients their x-ray negatives, and it's a pity that this practice now seems to have been dropped.

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