"I had NA treatment for my Dupuytrens ..."

About: Royal Derby Hospital

(as the patient),

What I liked

I had NA treatment for my Dupuytrens contracture performed by the consultant at the Pulvertaft Hand Clinic on June 8th 2009. I am amazed and delighted at the result. The ring and little fingers on my right hand have been corrected from a 45degree bend to completely straight, with very little pain or discomfort and no nerve or skin damage. I am a keen amateur woodwind player and had been forced months ago to abandon a couple of my instruments as I could no longer stretch my hand to cover the holes properly. I returned from Derby to Birmingham after the treatment on the train and immediately played those instruments for a couple of hours, that same afternoon without discomfort! I can hardly believe how well it all went. Great, great credit to the consultant's skill. Thanks also to the excellent Occupational Therapist who made my night splint. I was an NHS patient, referred by a Birmingham GP to the Derby hospital. I saw him first in clinic on 18th March and had the procedure done on 8th June. As you can imagine, I am extremely grateful.

What could be improved

Perhaps the waiting time might be shorter than 13 weeks in an ideal world, but I wouldn't press that point as my condition is a very slowly developing one and should not be prioritised over urgent hand traumas or diseases.

Anything else?

Many thanks to a brilliant hand surgeon, his very helpful secretary, the marvellous Occupational Therapist. And thanks for the gentle kindness of the nurses and ancilliary staff on the morning of the procedure when I was so very anxious.

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Response from Royal Derby Hospital

We are really pleased to hear that the care you received in the Hand unit at the Royal Derby Hospital was of the highest standard, our staff try very hard to provide the best possible patient care and will be pleased to hear such positive feedback, thank you.

J. Roberts, Communications

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