Mr Tony Smith FRCS ORTH
Specialist Knee Surgery

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Press Release - 24th September 2010

Innovation Award Finalists
Representing Wales at London Event

Independant Healthcare Awards
Independant Healthcare Awards

Mr Tony Smith, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Knee Specialist at the North Wales Knee Clinic and Sian Chandler, Matron, Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham and team, were the only independent healthcare contenders from Wales at the 2010 Independent Healthcare Awards. The prestigious accolade is for their pioneering work for patients in providing rapid recovery knee replacement surgery, which began at the North Wales Knee Clinic, Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham last year.

The winners were announced at a prestigious Gala Dinner on Tuesday 14 September at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London. The combined nine strong team from the North Wales Knee Clinic and Spire Yale, Wrexham attended the dinner with Chief Executive of the Spire Healthcare group, Rob Wise. The team from Wrexham were award finalists in the Innovation category.

Following the introduction of the award nominated innovative rapid recovery programme, Spire Yale Hospital has reduced the average length of stay in hospital following knee replacement from 5.5 days to just 2.7 days. Some patients have been discharged safely as early as 24 hours following their operation and can usually resume driving within three to four weeks. Over 95% of patients on the programme are happy to recommend their experience to others. The first patient under the programme was admitted in June 2009 and was discharged within 72 hours of surgery. Other early successes and a prospective collection of results have helped to establish rapid recovery as standard practice for patients having knee replacement surgery at the North Wales Knee Clinic.

Knee Specialist, Mr Smith said, "We were delighted go to the gala dinner for the 2010 Independent Healthcare Awards on Park Lane, in London last week. Our team from the North Wales Knee Clinic at the Spire Yale Hospital at Wrexham enjoyed celebrating recognition of the teamwork, which has been crucial to the success of the programme. I'm sure patients will be further reassured by this external accolade."

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