Today we relaunched our Pre-Operative Patient Education Group for patients undergoing joint replacement (also known as Joint School). The initiative was put on hold for 2 years due to Covid-19 restrictions but has now restarted to help inform patients about their joint replacement surgery and what to expect during their time at our hospital as well as providing tips to ensure faster recovery times allowing patients to return home as soon as possible.
Today is also World Physiotherapy Day and this year the focus is on promoting the role of physiotherapists in the prevention of osteoarthritis and in the management of people affected by osteoarthritis.
Our Professional Lead for Physiotherapy Rene Gray told us “I am proud to call myself a physiotherapist and to work at the James Paget University Hospital with a group of amazing, dedicated physiotherapists who make a difference every day to our patients. As this years’ focus is on the management of people affected by osteoarthritis it is timely that we are in the process of re-launching our elective orthopaedic education group. This is an integral part of the journey for patients having a hip or knee replacement due to severe osteoarthritis of their joint. This education session helps to prepare people for their upcoming elective surgery with education, empowerment and exercise as key aspects to help ensure a speedy recovery post-surgery and to enable a faster return home.
On this point, although this is a celebration of physiotherapists, it is important to highlight that the JPUH physiotherapists work as part of an integrated therapy department. Physiotherapists would not be able to perform their role effectively without the hard work, team work and expertise of our therapy assistant practitioner and occupational therapy colleagues. Our sum is greater than the individual components and so this is a celebration of the whole integrated therapy team!”. Click here to read more.
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