"FAI Surgery at Wrightington Hospital"
About: Wrightington Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Wrightington Hospital Trauma and orthopaedics WN6 9EP
Posted by A Manxman (as ),
Surgery for FAI (and a labral tear).
I was very impressed with the care provided, however I did feel that there was just not enough nursing staff on the wards to allow them to do their jobs properly. They never stopped, absolutely flat out all the time, but I was still left on occasion wanting assistance (not urgent, admittedly) they were not able to provide.
As an example the bed I was in when I was taken back to the ward (4/6, it was during the closure) appeared to have no control for me to adjust - staff having to do it from the bed end control. The NEXT DAY a nursing assistant pointed out the control was there, but had not been hooked to the bedside. No-ones fault really they just don't have time to look for things.
As an Isle of Man patient, I was discharged the next day - this was a nightmare for me, I don't think any consideration was given to the fact I would have to get into an aircraft seat, despite being told I only had 60 degrees flexion. I was in tears by the time I got to the Island, with pain. Not good enough, I needed to have recovered more before such a journey, blocked beds or not! Yes, I was an NHS manager in the past..... I know the pressures. Patients should not be subjected to that discomfort.
Also at some point, no communication had occurred with OT on the Island, they were not aware of me. I'm not sure if this is a 'here or there' issue, but the OT who eventually attended said their assessment would normally be part of pre-op, as this was done at Wrightington perhaps the failure is 'there'?
To end on a positive; cleanliness was exemplary, as were all staff in terms of courtesy and helpfulness, but the Doctors were in such a rush I did feel a little under-informed at times, although I agree some of this would have been due to post anaesthesia daze. Theatre staff too were excellent, in a situation that is massively stressful to the patient, they were superb.
In all a positive experience, with some gaps. I would have no hesitation in recommending Wrightington.