Good results from town clinic

Holbeach Hospital where a weekly orthopaedic clinic is held every Wednesday morning between 9am and 12 noon. Photo:  SG260613-116TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk.buyaphoto
Holbeach Hospital where a weekly orthopaedic clinic is held every Wednesday morning between 9am and 12 noon. Photo: SG260613-116TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk.buyaphoto

Patients with hip and knee problems in Holbeach are making the most of a weekly clinic just six months after concerns that it was underused.

Figures from orthopaedic surgeon Philip Heaton for the Wednesday morning clinic at Holbeach Hospital between August 2012 and March 2013 show that 210 patients were seen in 20 sessions.

Eighty nine patients were new and 42 had surgery at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, where operations were held between three and eight weeks after referral by the clinic.

Mr Heaton, whose clinic runs from 9am until 12 noon, said: “It’s been going since August 2012 and having looked at the service over a five-month period, I believe that we provide an excellent orthopaedic service for patients.

“The waiting time of three to eight weeks for patients seen who needed surgical procedures is significantly above the national average and testifies to the fact that the clinic is an excellent service for the local community.”

Patients and GPs can find out more about the clinic during two open evenings at Holbeach Hospital next month.

The first one on Wednesday July 10th is open to the public and the second for GPs is on Wedneday July 31st, with both evenings running between 6pm and 8pm.

Mr Heaton said: “We publicised the clinic through the Spalding Guardian last December and it’s good that more and more patients are now using the service.”