WORK is under way at Scarborough Hospital to improve the experience and management of patients undergoing surgery.
Through the introduction of a programme called Enhanced Recovery, the health trust aims to improve positive outcomes for patients by reducing the length of their hospital stay and enabling a more rapid return to normal activities and function.
An enhanced recovery pathway for colorectal surgery has been in place for several years. The plan is to expand some of the principles learnt from that into other specialities, such as breast care and orthopaedics.
Elaine Hayward, service redesign manager, said: “Enhanced recovery focuses on all stages of a patient’s hospital experience.
“The programme helps to prepare patients for surgery more effectively and reduce the total impact of the procedure to help speed up their recovery.
“By working to enhance the entire process, in all three stages – preoperative, operative and post operative – the programme looks at every aspect of the patient pathway. It has been hugely successful in other trusts in improving patient experience, outcomes and safety as well as reducing waiting times and lengths of stay.”