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Surgery films aim to enable earlier discharge

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Patients undergoing elective hip and knee replacement surgery at a trust in Essex are being shown short animated films to help facilitate earlier discharge from hospital.

The three-minute films – created by staff at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow –  are designed to inform patients in an inventive and entertaining way about what their procedure will involve, and to give them an insight into what happens during, and immediately after their operation.

Developed in partnership with NHS Innovations, the DVDs form part of a series of five short films about surgical procedures, including laparoscopic hernia and laparoscopic cholesystectoni, which are in the final stages of production.

‘Research shows that patients who receive high quality pre-operative information have reduced anxiety and therefore make a swifter recovery,’ said Darren Leech, executive director of delivery at the trust.

‘These animations illustrate to patients what the implications of their surgery may be so they come in prepared for the aftermath. We hope that informing patients in this way will lead to an earlier discharge from hospital.’

A spokesperson for the trust said the initial feedback from both patients and staff has been very positive, and they hope to expand the film library to include other surgical procedures and treatments in the near future.

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  • Very nice. Obviously the PA isn't as strapped for cash as other Trusts; whilst not wanting to appear TOO cynical - is there also some media presentation for those patients who would like to be the 'model' patient postoperatively & then fall short of their own expectations? Having been on the other side of the sheets on more than one occasion, I feel that the preparation I received - from real members of Medical, Surgical and Nursing staff - each time was appropriate and adequate (no dvds, information films etc). What I was NOT prepared for in one instance (post-operatively) was the side-effect of high-dose antibiotics that rendered me unable to keep down anything stronger than sips of water and consequently weak as the proverbial kitten. All my plans to get moving and speeding up rehab and discharge were blown out of the water, and as a result of this I felt both frustrated and depressed.
    Presumably there has also been negative feedback - or is bad news not acceptable these days?

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  • Trust me, PA IS strapped for cash...

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