"Excellent orthopaedic treatment."

About: Westmorland General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

Last February, while waiting for a total knee replacement of my left knee, I slipped in the snow and twisted my right knee, with subsequent bleeding into the joint. The pain was unbelievable. My GP came out to the house (in a rural area) within 20 minutes, and prescribed morphine. I saw the consultant at hospital in Kendal 36 hours later, and an arthroscopy was performed within 3 weeks.

6 weeks later, my left knee was replaced at the same hospital, Westmorland General. The atmosphere was very friendly and supportive, nursing care and physio first rate. The only hitch was a delay in discharge because the pharmacy was closed over a bank holiday (false economy?).

Now, 3 months later, I am pain free and fully mobile, able to walk more than for years. Yet "they" are talking of cutting back services at Westmorland General. That will mean a journey of over an hour to get to the nearest hospital.


Response from Westmorland General Hospital

Many thanks for taking the time to post these kind comments. We regularly review comments on this website and pass them to the departments concerned. Orthopaedic services continue to be provided at the hospital.

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