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.