HUDDERSFIELD Royal Infirmary will become a pioneering hospital to help patients recover more quickly after surgery.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is one of 14 in England chosen to take part in the Enhanced Recovery Partnership Programme.
This is a new approach to planned surgery which ensures patients are in the optimal condition for treatment, have different care during their operation and experience the best available treatment after their operation.
Patients on the programme are expected to recover more quickly after surgery and so can leave hospital and get back to normal life sooner.
The programme in Huddersfield will be used at first in colorectal surgery and gynaecological surgery.
If it works well in this department it may well then be used in others.
Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology Martin DeBono said: “There will be systems in place that should see patients’ recovery improve.
“This could include GPs referring patients more quickly, patients being fully-hydrated before surgery and the way patients are looked after following their surgery.
“Healthcare professionals are learning from the programme all the time. Once the systems are in place and working in colorectal and gynaecological surgery, the programme may well be rolled out to other surgical disciplines.”
He said: “We saw the programme as a significant benefit to patients and are delighted that we were accepted. We see it as a real privilege.”