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Knee and hip surgery among the best

Carole Hallam, Head Nurse, Infections, Calderdale Royal Hospital, talking about ward closures.

Carole Hallam, Head Nurse, Infections, Calderdale Royal Hospital, talking about ward closures.

Patients having hip and knee surgery in Calderdale are getting some of the best care in the country, according to a new survey.

The recent Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) survey has scored Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust as among the top four in the country for its knee surgery, and among the best for hips.

It is the only trust in Yorkshire to receive top ratings in both areas.

Medical director David Wise, said: “This is such an important measure and to be so high in the ratings when compared to other trusts is brilliant for our patients and a real reflection of the skilled teams here at the trust.

“These operations can enhance quality of life so much and these results show we are very effective in what we do.”

The survey asked patients to rate key elements about their conditions such as how mobile they are, how much pain they are in, how independent are they and their overall quality of life.

Six months after surgery they completed the same questions questions and the improvements are logged by the NHS Information Centre to produce the PROMs tables.

The trust carries out more than 500 knee operations a year and over 500 hip replacements every year. 

Patients are usually aged over 60 the surgery typically involves a stay in hospital of between two and five nights.

Replacements are needed after years of wear and tear on the joints resulting in loss of mobility and pain.

 
 
 

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