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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 are:

  • 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 treatment,
  • accurate information regarding your treatment and hospital stay and
  • 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 appropriate,
  • 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 hospital.