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New virtual clinics introduced for shoulder surgery patients at Trafford General

Patients who have undergone shoulder surgery at Trafford General Hospital can now have their 3 month follow-up in the comfort of their own home, office or even on the move.

The new virtual clinics, which are carried out over the phone by a specialist team at a pre-arranged time, are offered as an option to a hospital appointment.  All patients are seen in clinic two weeks after their surgery.

The virtual clinics will give patients the same support and reassurance that their recovery is going to plan but with the added convenience of being contacted in a place of their choice.  The clinics are supported by an assessment which measures the improvement of each patient's symptoms following surgery.

This new service will be introduced from 1st June.  It will be a first for Trafford General and will offer patients more say in how their recovery is managed following their treatment.

Orthopaedic Specialist Nurse Elaine Paul and Physiotherapist Dolina Birchall will providTrafford virtual clinics orthopaedic teame the new clinics.

Elaine said: "Many of our patients do very well after surgery and don't necessarily feel the need to be seen face-to-face at the three month stage.  We asked patients for their views on a 'virtual' clinic and over 80% felt this would be ideal.

"It may not be suitable for everyone and we have measures in place to ensure that the correct level of support is always available to our patients.  We also provide a contact number should any of our patients have a concern, query or change of heart and would prefer a face-to-face appointment. "

Initially, all patients of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and shoulder specialist Bibhas Roy will be eligible to opt for the virtual follow-up clinic.  Mr Roy, who completed 400 shoulder procedures at Trafford General last year, has pioneered the use of patient feedback to tailor follow-up care to meet every patient's needs.

Planning is underway to extend the virtual follow-up clinics to patients who undergo other orthopaedic procedures.