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
Orthopaedic Specialist Nurse Elaine Paul and Physiotherapist
Dolina Birchall will provide 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
Planning is underway to extend the virtual follow-up clinics to
patients who undergo other orthopaedic procedures.