Hospital handbook speeds up patient recovery

New guide helps patients to help themselves.

PATIENTS who have undergone knee and hip replacements are speeding up their own recovery by reading a handbook produced by hospital staff.

North Devon District Hospital say the 80-page guide, which includes information about preparing for an operation and the after-effects of surgery, has dramatically reduced the average length of stay in hospital.

Under the Enhanced Recovery programme introduced 12 months ago, patients take an active role in their own recovery process.

The hospital carried out 261 knee replacements and 331 hip replacements in the year up to April 2012.

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The average stay for knee replacements has dropped from 5.9 days to 3.8 days, which compares with a national average of 5.5 days.

The average stay for hip replacements has come down from six days to 4.9 days. The national average is six days.

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Gillian Taylor, North Devon Healthcare Trust’s service manager, said: “The results over the last 12 months are outstanding and are testament to the commitment of a team who have placed the patient at the centre of the whole process.”

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