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Focused clinics held at King George Hospital to tackle surgery backlogs

The focused clinics are being held at King George Hospital (credit: BHRUT)

Focused clinics are being held to tackle surgery backlogs built up during the pandemic at King George Hospital.

The effort by the Trauma and Orthopaedics team, named ‘Bones R Us,’ saw 60 patients get the surgery they need between Monday, 21 June and Friday, 25 June.

Focus during the week was for those requiring upper limb, feet and ankle procedures.

A separate week is also being held next month focusing on patients needing knee and hip replacements.

The aim is to reduce waiting lists by carrying out a high number of procedures across the five days.

Deputy Chief Executive, Ben Morrin said: “I’m delighted that our Bones R Us week went so well and that 60 additional patients had their operations.

“This focused on patients needing surgery to their upper limbs, feet and ankles and completing so many of these procedures safely in one week takes a lot of work, so well done to everyone involved in achieving this.

“As with the rest of the NHS, the pandemic has seen more of our patients waiting longer than we’d like to get the care they need. We’re working extremely hard to reduce this, with focused efforts like this playing a huge role.

“We’re holding these focused clinics across our departments, benefitting more and more patients, and we’re looking forward to holding another Bones R Us week in July.”

Clinical Lead for Orthopaedics, Krishna Vemulapalli said: “This achievement is dedicated to all the staff who worked so closely together to make this happen; our admin and pre-admin teams, theatre staff, surgeons and management colleagues.

“This is a great example of effective teamwork delivering patient-centred care. We also implemented lessons learned in the first Bones week last October.

“A simple change such as adding an additional porter to move patients; combined with holding our team huddle across both operating theatres, has helped reduce wasted time between operations.”

Georgina Hope-Crossley was among the 60 patients who received surgery.

Georgina Hope-Crossley was one of the ‘Bones R Us’ patients

The 44-year-old had the metacarpophalangeal joint in her right thumb fused to help reduce the pain she is experiencing due to her rheumatoid arthritis.

The mother-of-two had her procedure on Tuesday, 22 June after experiencing delays.

She said: “The measures in place beforehand, such as isolating and testing, made me feel really reassured and I had no concerns when I went into hospital.

“My doctor, Kuen Chin, was amazing and all the staff were exceptional. At every stage I was well-cared for; everyone introduced themselves to me by name and were really attentive. I hadn’t expected such a high level of attention and care.

“I was home by 3.30pm the same day and feel fine now. The surgery was quick and efficient and my experience had made me feel more confident about the future, especially if I need to have more surgery.”

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