"I had a hip replacement in Princes ..."
About: Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital (Welwyn Garden City) Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital (Welwyn Garden City) Welwyn Garden City AL7 4HQ
Posted by J Richardson (as ),
What I liked
I had a hip replacement in Princes Wing and was in for 10 days, longer than usual because of a fairly common complication. The surgeons, nurses and support staff were all excellent; surgeon and anaesthetist both visited before the procedure and made sure I was happy with what would happen, surgeon visited again post-op. Everyone was very helpful and reassuring during the pre-op and post-op periods, nursing and support staff always on hand, pain-control excellent, even the food was pretty good with plenty of choice and ample fruit and veg. Beds are arranged in small bays, each with its own toilet and shower, and the unit has its own physio unit also staffed by very helpful people. I would recommend this unit highly.
What could be improved
When I needed an X ray a couple of days after surgery I had to be wheeled on a trolley up to A&E, which was OK on the day as it was warm and dry. I don't think I would have enjoyed it if it had been cold and wet. The X ray facility in Princes Wing should be available.