Waiting times at Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre
|First appointment||From appointment to treatment|
|2 weeks||5 weeks|
*The actual time you wait for surgery at Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre will depend on many factors, including whether further diagnostics or tests are required, patient choice and how quickly the NHS will approve the funding for your treatment. Nevertheless the vast majority will be in the range detailed above.
Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.
You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.
At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.
We also offer an affordable self pay option for patients who do not have health insurance, or have been told they are ineligible for NHS treatment.
Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.
Contracture release (frozen shoulder)
Frozen shoulder is also known as shoulder contracture and is a painful condition that affects shoulder movement. It is caused by the flexible tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becoming inflamed and thickened. Steroid injections may help but in severe cases surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed tissue.
Rotator cuff repair
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles closely wrapped around the shoulder that may be damaged through trauma or general wear and tear, causing pain and weakness. During keyhole surgery, the tendon attaching the muscle to the bone is reattached.
This surgical procedure is performed via keyhole surgery using an arthroscope attached to a video camera. It is used to repair damage caused to the shoulder through trauma, wear and tear or damage to the ligaments and tendons.
Shoulder joint aspiration
If a patient is experiencing pain in a shoulder joint, a needle may be inserted into the joint to remove any fluid build up, and/or to diagnose the problem. This is a quick procedure.
Shoulder joint manipulation
This is performed under general anaesthetic and has been used for many years to treat frozen shoulder. The shoulder is moved through a range of motions to separate adhesions. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be injected into the shoulder.
This surgical procedure repairs damage done to shoulder cartilage if it has dislocated, helping to restabilise the shoulder joint.
This surgery on the shoulder prevents the bones and tendons in the shoulder rubbing against each other when the arm is raised, causing inflammation, pain and reduced movement. Inflamed tissue and bone spurs are removed to open up the joint again.
Therapeutic injection for joint pain relief
Injections are a fast and easy method of easing joint pain and inflammation in the hip caused by arthritis/osteoarthritis. Injections include steroids, to ease inflammation, and Hyaluronate, which helps the joint to move more smoothly.
Total shoulder replacement
A surgical procedure involving all or part of the shoulder joint being replaced by a prosthetic implant. This is generally performed to relieve arthritis pain or to fix severe joint damage.
Treatment of tennis/golfers elbow
A condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow, usually caused by overuse of the muscles attached to your elbow and used to straighten your wrist. The treatment is to lengthen, release or repair the origin of the muscle of the hand where it attaches to the bone.