Weight loss success despite national fears
NEARLY 10 times fewer patients undergoing weight-loss operations in North Staffordshire have to be brought back to hospital with complications than national figures.
The low readmission rates at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) were revealed as a nationwide investigation found nearly a fifth had to be called back.
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death looked at the care given to more than 300 patients at NHS and private hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As well as around one fifth having to return with complications, its findings included post-surgery care lacking and patients not always having access to dieticians and psychologists.
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But at UHNS, where a bariatric service has run for six years, an average of between two to three of the near-100 cases now performed each year needed to be re-admitted.
The unit is run by a 12-strong team including surgeons, diabetes physicians, diet experts, anaesthetists and psychologists.
Lead surgeon Chandra Cheruvu said: "Beside the comprehensive nature of the service, we also carry out all operations using keyhole surgery, which brings fewer complications and allows patients to return home earlier.
"This all contributes to our very low readmission rate."
Patients currently spend two nights in hospital but Mr Cheruvu is trying to cut that still further.