Enhanced Recovery Programme
What is the Enhanced Recovery Programme?
Enhanced recovery is a new approach to the care of patients
following a surgical procedure. It is a modern, evidence
based approach where different members of the hospital and primary
care team work together in order to ensure that the patients
- in the best possible condition before their operation,
- better prepared for their hospital stay and
- able to feel better sooner after their operation.
In hospital sites where enhanced recovery is the norm, they have
reported significant improvement in:
- patient experience,
- clinical outcomes and
- professional relationships/teamwork.
How does it work?
We want patients to play an active role in their recovery and we
aim to do this by giving:
- open and honest communication regarding your condition and
- accurate information regarding your treatment and hospital stay
- any relevant pre-operative education.
We want patients to have the best possible management during and
after their operation. We aim to do this by:
- reducing pain with good anaesthetic techniques, medication and
using minimally invasive surgical techniques where
- reducing immobilisation by encouraging activity and removing
drips, drains and catheters as early as possible, and
- reducing post operative nausea and vomiting with good fluid
balance control and medications.
We recognise that leaving hospital after an operation can be
daunting after having 24 hour support from qualified staff.
We therefore offer a telephone follow up service whereby patients
can discuss any worries or concerns following their discharge from