December 13, 2010 2.53 pm This story is over 159 months old

New care classes for knee and hip patients

Help classes: Lincoln County Hospital will now be offering classes so knee and hip patients know what to expect post-surgery

Lincoln County Hospital staff are holding classes for patients about to undergo knee or hip surgery about what to expect post-op.

The classes let patients understand and decide everything about their surgery, from the care they receive to leaving hospital and mobilisation.

Staff on hand are from occupational therapy and physiotherapy departments to explain how equipment works and all the procedures for replacement joint surgery.

The first class was held last week and included a talk from a previous patient about her surgery as well as pre-op patients being able to ask her questions.

The knee replacement classes will be held every other Tuesday and hip replacement classes every other Wednesday, from 10 to 11am on Stow Ward.

Matron Linda Keddie helped set up the new classes for patients.

She said: “The hip and knee classes are greatly improving the patient experience, by ensuring that patients are fully involved at every stage of their treatment.

“They give patients the opportunity to discuss their surgical procedure with the multiprofessional team responsible for their care at the hospital and ask any questions”

The next knee class will be on December 21 and the next hip class on December 22.

Source: ULHT | Photo: Mike Baird