A new film for patients to familiarise and reassure them about different anaesthetic options for keyhole shoulder surgery has been launched at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH). With improvements in anaesthetic techniques, a growing number of operations are now performed as day case procedures.
The hospital’s upper limb and anaesthetic teams worked with staff on Menzies Short Stay Surgery Unit to create a new film for patients which is now live with subtitles. The new RJAH patient information film is designed to familiarise and to reassure patients about the option of staying awake for a number of day case shoulder procedures such as rotator cuff repair, decompression, stabilisation and capsular release.
Clinicians will use this information resource by explaining that it is available to patients when they come to clinic. All patients who feature in the film were those actually having surgery on the day of filming. Mr Richard Potter, Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon, praised the patients who appear in the film, commenting “We are grateful to them for appearing in the film to reassure patients that follow. They all seemed to enjoy the experience of being filmed!”
Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Ruth Longfellow added, “We now have several information films for patients on our website. We think that patients will find this film particularly useful in helping them to decide with their surgeon and anaesthetist which type of anaesthetic is right for them.”