National NHS director praises our special week in orthopaedics

Pictured are Arlene, Tim, and Amalesh with Guru Kholgade, matron for our theatres at King George Hospital.

Tim Briggs, National Director of Clinical Improvements for the NHS, paid our Trust a visit today (Friday 02 October) to find out more about our special week in orthopaedics.

He was taken around our green zone at King George Hospital by Thangadorai Amalesh, our Divisional Director of Surgery, and orthopaedics clinical lead Krishna Vemulapalli, who told him about the work behind our drive to complete up to 100 joint replacements, 80 day case surgeries and 25 spinal procedures in just a week.

This week, which is to help address our backlog, was only made possible thanks to the hard work of a huge number of teams across our Trust, as well as working in partnership with the North East London Treatment Centre.

Tim, who is also responsible for rolling out the NHS’ Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) methodology, was keen to hear how we prepared, tackled issues, and what the impact had been for our patients.

He said: “I was very impressed by the dedication of staff to take on board the drive for high volume hubs this week in orthopaedics. It has demonstrated what can be achieved when clinicians and operational staff work together.

“I hope it can be expanded across all pathways and specialties for the benefit of patients in their outcomes and quality of care.”

Tim was joined on the visit by Arlene Wellman, Chief Nurse at Epsom and St Helier. As well as meeting staff in teams across our Trust during their visit, they were welcomed by our Chief Executive, Tony Chambers, and Chief Operating Officer, Shelagh Smith.

His visit was a homecoming of sorts for Tim, who was a medical student at our former King George Hospital site and also worked at Harold Wood Hospital early in his career.

Pictured above are Arlene, Tim, and Amalesh with Guru Kholgade, matron for our theatres at King George Hospital.

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