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Patients’ report is good news for Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

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Excellent feedback from people undergoing joint surgery at Care UK’s Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre has seen the centre appear near the top of a table of the 50 highest performing hospitals in the country.

The measure uses the Oxford Scores system, which focuses on patients’ own assessment of their joint function and pain levels. The scoring also includes questions about patients’ mobility and factors such as their ability to navigate stairs and use transport specifically affected by the hip or knee. This is measured pre-operatively and again post-operatively to assess the benefit of the surgery.The table, compiled by the NHS Partners Network and NHS Confederation, uses the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), which are collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The PROMS outcomes at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre placed it eighth for hip replacement surgery and 20th for knee replacements in the national survey of independent and NHS services.

Commenting on the results, hospital director Chester Barnes said: “The team has worked very hard to ensure patients receive the best possible medical outcome and and have a first class experience at the centre.

“Our award winning work on falls prevention, together with our new falls and stability programme, has helped people recovering from joint surgery to thrive post-surgery and our excellent team of physiotherapists help to ensure rehabilitation is swift and thorough.”

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