"Impressive care for hip op"

About: Macclesfield District General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Wrightington Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

An assessment for total hip replacement was made by my local hospital in Macclesfield and I was not impressed. I then found out about Wrightington and a few weeks later I had an impressive experience.

As you walk through the door in reception you know you are at a hospital that is a centre of excellence. My operation was carried out in mid-July and I was transferred to Ward 5. I returned home just 3 days later. I don't think I could have asked for a better surgeon to perform the operation and Dr Oakley is to be congratulated on his work. I consider my scar to be minimal, and recovery is on target - thank you.

Ward 5 was a busy place, and it was at a time when outside temperatures were in the 30's.

I was told that on the day I had my operation there were a total of 16 major limb operations carried out and whilst this put a large workload on the staff I felt that at no time was I neglected. I would also like to say that others around me also received attention when required albeit occasionally not immediately which in a busy ward is common and understandable.

Compliments to the staff and nurses who regularly used the antiseptic hand wash gel.

Once I returned home I felt somewhat vulnerable not having the nursing staff nearby, but this was resolved by phoning the Recovery Team number and receiving the appropriate advice for which I am very grateful.

I am now 8 weeks past my operation and looking forward to a full recovery although the skiing will be relegated to memories.

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Response from Susan Heighway, Patient Relations / PALS Manager , Patient Relations / PALS, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for choosing Wrightington Hospital for your treatment and care and for your kind comments regarding your patient journey.

I have passed this posting to the Division of Specialist Surgery so they can share this with the relevant staff.

May I extend our best wishes for your continued recovery.

Kind regards

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