"I had foot surgery as an in-patient ..."
About: Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Oxford OX3 7LD
What I liked
I had foot surgery as an in-patient in September 2009 and feel very happy indeed with all aspects of the treatment and care that I received prior to my admission, during my time as an in-patient and at the follow-up appointment.
I was treated with respect by all staff with whom I had dealings. Medical, nursing and therapy staff (physios and OTs) gave me clear information about the diagnosis, treatment and related procedures. Intended outcomes and potential risks were discussed in detail. The approach of all staff (not forgetting those in a support role, such as cleaners and porters) was highly professional while being pleasant and friendly. The term 'patient-centred' may sometimes be a little over-used but it describes perfectly, the approach of the staff and the culture I experienced at the NOC. The low infection rates and the measures described to me to keep it that way were very reassuring.
What could be improved
My out-patient pre-operation appointment which took place about a week prior to admission was rather lengthier than anticipated. I had been told to expect to be there for two hours but in the event, it took from 9.30a.m - 3.00pm. It has to be recognised, however, that there is a lot to be done at this session and the reason for the delays were explained to me by the staff organising the through-flow of patients. The long wait was also eased by the fact that the clinic is next to the cafe and that the staff were understanding about the need for patients to go and get food and drink from time to time.