Radical changes to surgery at Worthing Hospital

Roy Jones after his knee replacement using the CWERP approach, used by Western Sussex Hospitals HNS Trust
Roy Jones after his knee replacement using the CWERP approach, used by Western Sussex Hospitals HNS Trust

Radical changes to the way hip and knee replacement surgery is carried out in Worthing and Chichester hospitals is said to be producing immediate benefits for patients.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust launched the new Chichester and Worthing Enhanced Recovery Programme – known as CWERP – in July, for planned hip and knee replacements.

It is helping patients to feel well enough to go home far faster, with the time spent in hospital reduced from an average of seven to four days.

There have been other significant improvements, too – the proportion of patients needing a blood transfusion after surgery has propped from 12 to one per cent, and the proportion of people needing a to have a urinary catheter fitted after their operation has fallen from 40 to seven per cent.

For the full story, see the Herald and Gazette, dated November 22.