PATIENTS undergoing hip and knee surgery at the Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals get some of the best care in the country.
In an NHS patients survey, the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has been voted one of the top four in the country for its surgery and treatment.
And in the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) survey, the Trust was the only one in the Yorkshire and Humber region to have top ratings in both specialities.
The PROM survey involves a questionnaire before surgery where patients are asked to rate key elements about their conditions such as how mobile they are, how much pain they are in, how independent are they and their overall quality of life.
Six months after surgery they are asked the same set of questions and the improvements are logged by the NHS Information Centre to produce the PROM tables which reflect health improvements as a result of surgery.
The Trust carries out over 500 knee operations a year and over 500 hip replacements every year.
The bulk of those are now done at Calderdale Royal Hospital, but some are still carried out at the Royal Infirmary.
Patients are usually aged over 60 years of age and the surgery typically involves a stay in hospital of between two and five nights. Replacements are needed after years of wear and tear on the joints resulting in loss of mobility and pain.
Medical director David Wise said: “This is such an important measure and to be so high in the ratingsŠwhen compared to other Trusts is brilliant for our patients and a real reflection of the skilled teams here at the Trust.
“These operations can enhance quality of life so much and these results show we are very effective in what we do.”
The Trust’s surgeonŠGautam Chakrabarty has just been made a professor at the University of Huddersfield for his work researching better replacement knee joints.
The survey is part of a national programme organised by the Department of Health and is run on their behalf by Quality Health and Northgate Information Solutions.
It is a mandatory national data collection system and its purpose is to gather key information on the health state of patients before their operation and after it.
It covers more than 300 NHS hospitals and Independent Sector Providers in England that undertake elective operations on four procedures for NHS patients – hip replacements, knee replacements, groin hernia operations and varicose vein operations.