Daily web diary extols benefits of knee surgery

For many people going to hospital for a knee replacement operation means recovering from surgery, being cared for by hospital staff and doing what the physiotherapist tells you to do – but for one Yeovilton man it also provided the opportunity to write a daily account of his treatment for his web site.

April 27 2017

Michael Gilbey, 71, is the author of on-line opinion site Mick’s Muses’s and had his right knee replaced at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre last month. Michael said: “As the hospital also has free Wi-Fi, I thought I would try an experiment by bringing a small tablet computer with me and try to relate my daily experiences while I was there.”

Michael’s knee problems began about 12 years ago when he damaged his cruciate ligament in his right knee in a fall while out walking his dog. Over the years he put extra pressure on his left knee to compensate for the damage to his right, but as arthritis gradually took over in both joints walking became harder, slower and more painful.

“Last year something ‘gave’ in my ‘good’ leg and walking became an ordeal,” Michael commented. “I was taking the dog for a walk every day but it was taking longer and I often had to rest on the church wall to ease my knees. Clearly something had to be done so I made a rare appointment with my GP.”

An X-ray revealed arthritis and wear in both Michael’s knees and it was agreed that he would need both knees replacing.

“I was offered the choice of three hospitals including Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. I chose Shepton Mallet because a friend of mine had both her knees replaced there and sang their praises. To me there was no argument – it had to be Shepton Mallet.”

Michael came to Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre within eight weeks of his diagnosis, having seen the musculo-skeletal physio team from OASIS. From his first outpatient experience through to his post-operative care he has nothing but good things to say about his treatment.

“It was a relaxed and personal experience where the patient is reassuringly kept well informed at every stage of the procedure, and all by efficient well-trained staff who actually take an interest in the individual. No hanging around at all. Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre certainly scored top marks in my books for that alone.”

He added:

“The treatment I received was first class, and if anyone was worried about going to Shepton Mallet for treatment I would say they have nothing to fear. I thought it would be interesting to do a daily write-up on my experiences and it has seemed to work well. I certainly hope that it will be reassuring for others considering treatment at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. I’ll be asking to have my other knee operated on there.”

Liz Jones, Head of Nursing and Clinical Services at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, commented:

“I think this is the first time that we have had a patient compile an on-line daily journal as part of their stay, and we are delighted that Michael has given us such a glowing report! His article will, I am sure, be a great asset for patients wanting to know more about what it is like to receive treatment at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.”

Michael’s web article can be read by visiting https://micksmuses.com/2017/03/20/knee-replacement-surgery/.

Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre is part of the local choice of care for NHS patients. Knee surgery is part of a range of treatments available at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.

If your GP agrees that you need treatment you can ask them to refer you to the hospital for treatment – it is part of your choice as an NHS patient.