17 May 2012
Thoracic Surgery Team Win National Award
The Thoracic Surgery team at University Hospitals Bristol
NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has won best in category for
their work around Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) at the
first National Enhanced Recovery Summit in London.
The award was presented by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce
Keogh, on 30 April 2012, for their work on improving the recovery
time of patients undergoing lung cancer surgery at Bristol Royal
Enhanced recovery was originally developed in Denmark and
has been shown to improve patient outcomes and speed up a patient's
recovery after surgery. The programme focuses on making sure that
patients are active in their own recovery process.
Clare Evans, Consultant Nurse at UH Bristol,
"We started the pilot of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery
in August 2010 and launched this as the model of care for all
thoracic surgical patients in January 2011. Patient feedback
and clinical audit has shown that patients are recovering more
quickly after surgery, spending less time in hospital and getting
back to normal activities sooner.
"Everyone involved in the care of the patient has a role
to play in this pathway: booking teams, pre-operative assessment
staff, clinical nurse specialists, surgeons, physiotherapists,
dieticians, and the pain team, as well as ward and operating
theatre teams. Everybody works together to ensure that the patient
is in the best possible physical condition before surgery and that
minimally invasive operation techniques and anaesthetic methods are
considered to make the operation less stressful for the
"After the operation the focus is on enabling patients to
get moving and eating normally as soon as possible and vigorously
treating post-operative pain."
Mr Tim Batchelor, consultant thoracic surgeon at UH
Bristol, said: "We are the first thoracic surgical unit in the UK
to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and we are delighted
that our work has been recognised in this way."
Keynote speakers at the summit included Professor Sir Mike
Richards, Sir Bruce Keogh, Paul Burstow MP and members of the
Enhanced Recovery Partnership (a partnership between the Department of Health, NHS Improvement and the
The Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow,
announced that "Enhanced recovery needs to be more widely available
and in every hospital across the land."
Further information on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery can
be found at http://www.improvement.nhs.uk/enhancedrecovery.
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