Need a new hip or knee? Book now to be mobile by Christmas
• NHS patients referred to Southampton NHS Treatment Centre for joint replacement surgery now, could enjoy a pain free Christmas
• Shorter waiting times mean surgery late summer/early autumn
• “There is no reason for any NHS patient in the region who needs a new hip or knee to be in pain for longer than is necessary” – hospital director
• 9 signs you may need a new hip
• 5 signs you may need a new knee
• Switching to a shorter waiting list – what you need to know
It used to be that “all I want for Christmas are my two front teeth”, but NHS patients across Hampshire and beyond who are told by their GPs over the next few weeks that they need a new hip or knee could have the operation and be up and about by Christmas – if they ask to be referred for surgery to Southampton NHS Treatment Centre.
The hospital is currently seeing joint replacement surgery patients for pre-operation assessments within a fortnight of receiving their referral by their GP. Patients seen in the next weeks could have their operation in late summer/early autumn. With the enhanced recovery programmes provided by Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, they could be well on the road to full mobility and a pain free Christmas – the perfect gift if they have been in pain for some time.
Peter Harris, Hospital Director at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “Our waiting times for joint replacement surgery are currently comparatively short which means that if anyone has been waiting for this type of surgery for a while, or if they simply want to be treated sooner, they can exercise their right to choose where they receive their NHS treatment and come to us. If they have been seen by their GP and their GP agrees they need surgery, patients can ask their GPs to refer them to us. The same goes for people who have been on a waiting list for a while – they can contact their local Referral Management Centre and request a swap.”
He added: “There is no reason for any NHS patient in the region who needs a new knee or hip to be in pain for longer than is necessary – we have the capacity to provide surgery without the wait.”
More information and a full list of procedures available at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre are available at www.southamptontreatmentcentre.nhs.uk
9 signs you may need a hip replacement
More than 50,500 hip replacements took place across England and Wales last year. It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.
How do you know when you need a hip replacement? Here are 10 signs to look out for and to discuss with your GP:
• Persistent or recurring pain in your hip over a period of time, or pain which may also flare up in rainy weather or changes in temperature
• Aching in your hip during and after exercise, with progressively limited hip motion or degree of bend in the joint
• Increasing immobility such as difficulty getting in and out of chairs, walking or climbing stairs
• A ‘grating’ feeling in the hip joint
• Stiffness in the hip joint when you get out of bed
• Continual pain even with medication and using a cane, and pain that keeps you awake at night
• Stiffening up of the joint after sitting for a period of time, such as driving or at the cinema
• Increasing pain, discomfort and immobility from a previous hip injury (such as a fractured pelvis)
• Related pain elsewhere, such as in the knees or groin
5 signs you may need knee replacement surgery
More than 70,000 knee replacements took place across England and Wales last year. It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.
How do you know when you need a knee replacement? Here are 5 signs to look out for and to discuss with your GP:
• 24-hour severe pain in the knee and the surrounding area, or elsewhere such as the hip or ankle, which impacts on your daily life even when you are resting
• Swelling and inflammation of the knee which no longer responds to medication
• Stiffness in the knee and immobility
• ‘Bowing’ of the leg
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs no longer provide relief from pain
Switching to a shorter waiting list – what you need to know
NHS England offers guidance to patients about switching to a shorter waiting list.
If you find yourself waiting for longer than 18 weeks, contact your current hospital to talk about transferring your care. If you do not hear back within one week, you should contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group to ask for the transfer.
You will be given a choice of alternative care providers using the NHS’ Electronic Referral Service (ERS) as a guide. Once you have made your choice your referral information, diagnostic results and waiting list information will be transferred to your chosen hospital, including Southampton NHS Treatment Centre.