31st October 2013 – Orthopaedic only ward opens at Airedale
A specialist orthopaedic ward has opened for patients at Airedale Hospital.
The unit, based on ward 18, is only available to patients having orthopaedic operations, greatly reducing the likelihood of potential infections.
Alex Acornley, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and clinical lead for orthopaedic services, said: “Having a dedicated unit for orthopaedic patients is something we have been keen to develop for a while as this vastly improves the safety and quality of the experience we can give our patients.
“We have built up a team of seven specialist surgeons who offer a range of procedures, including hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, feet and ankles, and now have a dedicated ward environment to provide the best care possible for our patients.”
The team uses an enhanced recovery programme for hip and knee replacements allowing patients to start moving safely and comfortably a few hours after their operation. This ensures patients’ recovery after joint replacement is as quick as possible and most people having new hips or knees can go home within one to four days.
The new orthopaedic suite has been completely refurbished and includes seven side rooms – as well as ward beds – a treatment room, physiotherapy area, day room, dining area and education facility.
Alex adds: “We believe we now have the team, facilities and specialist skill set comparable to major city centre teaching hospitals and are leading the way in how we care for our orthopaedic patients. Local people can now have specialist orthopaedic services closer to home.”