New joints taken to the Peaks

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 Visitors to Sheffield’s Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall could well go home with more than a new pair of socks and a loaf of bread next Wednesday (14th July) if they visit the stand being run by staff from the Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre.

Shoppers will be able to visit a stand featuring information about replacement hip and knee operations and even examine genuine examples of knee and hip prostheses.

Shoppers who have been told by their doctor that they might need such an operation are invited to come and chat to staff and find out more about what this popular hospital can offer to NHS patients.  Which means that shoppers could go home with the information and the confidence to actually follow their doctors advice and to book their operation.

Graeme Kendall, Manager at Care UK’s Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre said: “Shopping trips can often bring it home to people with hip or knee problems that it might be time to take their doctor’s advice and seek a joint replacement.  So we thought, why not take a stand along to this popular shopping mall and give people the opportunity to come and chat to us.  We know that many people are a bit nervous about having an operation and keep putting it off.  I hope that by chatting to our friendly staff, we can help them to make a decision. Visitors can also find out about the range of other procedures that we offer to NHS patients.  ”
The hospital, which carries out almost one in five of the hip and knee replacement operations in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire region, has a high number of former patients from the Sheffield area.

Hospital staff looking after the stand are hoping that they will also meet some of the 4,000 former patients who have recently shown their support – a factor in helping to secure the hospital’s future for the next 25 years.  Items such as pens, mugs and coasters, along with literature, will be given out to visitors on the day.

Run by an independent company with an impressive track record in patient care and clinical success, on behalf of the NHS for NHS patients only, the Centre provides day care and inpatient orthopaedic surgery for patients from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It prides itself on providing the best patient care at its unique facility in friendly and comfortable surroundings. The Centre prides itself on its extremely low infection rates and has never had a case of hospital acquired MRSA or C.difficile.

The Centre, is situated less than one mile from Junction 30 of the M1 which makes it very accessible and the parking is free.

Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre staff will be at Crystal Peaks on WEDNESDAY 14th July, 9am-5.30pm.

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