Project that speeds women’s recovery

Top team: consultant anaesthetist Paul Knight with consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Martin deBono and, front row, recovery nurse Emma Jackson and  gynaecology ERP nurse Lesley Walker. Below, former patient Deborah Lowe, who benefited from the programme
Top team: consultant anaesthetist Paul Knight with consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Martin deBono and, front row, recovery nurse Emma Jackson and gynaecology ERP nurse Lesley Walker. Below, former patient Deborah Lowe, who benefited from the programme

WOMEN in Calderdale are benefiting from a new project that speeds recovery after gynaecological surgery.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Founation Trust launched an Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP) to help women get better sooner after operations.

Deborah Lowe, a stained glass artist, in her Todmorden workshop, benefited from a quick recovery after a hysterectomy

Deborah Lowe, a stained glass artist, in her Todmorden workshop, benefited from a quick recovery after a hysterectomy

Patients are seen by a gynaecology ERP nurse, recovery nurse and physiotherapist before their operation and given information and exercises to practise.

Artist Deborah Lowe, 47, of Todmorden, was on the programme after she had a total hysterectomy following a diagnosis of fibroids. In the past, this would have meant a hospital stay of five days but with ERP she went home after two.

Deborah said: “The whole experience was very positive and it was great that I could phase back into work just four weeks after surgery.

“The programme puts patients more in control of their recovery and the team has been marvellous.”

Consultant anaesthetist Paul Knight, the clinical lead for ERP, said: “The programme is a new way of improving the experience and well-being of patients who need planned surgery.

“It lets people choose what is best for them throughout the course of their treatment, with help from their GP and the wider health care team.

“It is highly praised by many of our patients.”

Consultant gynaecologist Martin deBono, who carried out the surgery at Calderdale Royal Hospital, added: “Enhanced recovery is an evidence-based programme which has helped improve the quality of care for our patients.

“The aim is that by making a series of small changes, we will make a real difference to the care and recovery of our patients.”