Queen Alexandra Hospital school opens to give operation information

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KNEE and hip surgery patients will be able to get an insight into procedures at a new class.

The Joint School, in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, has been set up to make people feel more prepared prior to their surgery.

The school is run by a team which includes a physiotherapist, the occupational health team and nursing staff.

Sessions run twice a week – one for knee patients, and a second for those undergoing hip surgery – and involve 15 patients and their friends or relatives.

The school, which also speaks to people after they have been discharged, was officially opened by Ursula Ward, chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Julie Sprack, head of nursing for musculoskeletal, said: ‘The Joint School has been very successful so far and we have received very positive feedback from patients and staff.’