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First patient gets total hip replacement at Newark Hospital – and is back home safely on same day

Posted onPosted on 29th Sep
First patient gets total hip replacement at Newark Hospital – and is back home safely on same day

The first patient to receive a total hip replacement at Newark Hospital and be discharged back to her home safely on the same day has spoken of her thanks.

Suzanne Tazzyman, 60, from Jacksdale, said: “It was brilliant that I could come in and be home on the same day. In fact, I was there for less than 12 hours. I came into the hospital at 7am, was in theatre at 9am and I was up and having physiotherapy by 1pm and then even doing stairs by 4pm. I went home around 5.45pm.

“To have such a quick turnaround was fantastic, as I know people recover better at home.

“Everyone was so nice and helpful and everything was explained to me fully. I’d like to thank everyone involved in my care for being so kind and encouraging.

“I’ve known since March that I needed the operation, but then it got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“However, it has only taken two weeks since the hospital first called me to tell me that operations had started again to getting in and having the operation carried out, which is brilliant. I’m now recovering at home and doing my exercises when I can, so I’m also hoping for a quick recovery.”

As part of restoring services to the hospital after some were reduced because of Covid-19, elective inpatient orthopaedic surgery has returned to Newark Hospital for the first time since 2013.

Patients in and around Newark will now be able to have a range of operations at their local hospital, including hip replacements, knee replacements, shoulder replacements, treatments for joints and other orthopaedic procedures.

Orthopaedic consultant Bala Srinivasan said: “It is brilliant that we are able to provide this service for patients at Newark Hospital. It has taken a lot of planning, time and effort from the teams involved, but the fact we are now able to offer hip replacements via the day case unit (Minster Ward) at Newark Hospital is fantastic.

“Being able to deliver this enhanced recovery pathway for our patients is fantastic and is not possible without the entire team. It is of real benefit to our patients as it gets them mobile and back in their own environment as soon as possible, which studies have shown significantly helps improve recovery times for patients. I would like to thank all the teams involved at Newark for making this service possible for our patients.”