Ward 27 at The James Cook University Hospital has recently welcomed the installation of an advanced ice machine, as it seeks to establish itself as the regional hub for complex arthroplasty care.
Also known as the Scotsman XSafe Series, the ice machine will be vital for the ward in delivering improved services to its patients.
Initially, the team had to fulfil several regulations from infection and prevention control and the water safety group – to ensure the machine’s safety and effectiveness for both patients and staff.
The ice machine will support patients in their recovery, not only by reducing swelling and pain, but will also help reduce the number of days they need to spend in hospital.
Matthew Smith, senior physiotherapist said: “I am pleased with the addition of the ice machine and excited to work alongside the team to help develop the ward into a regional hub for complex arthroplasty procedures.
“We have been using ice therapy for the past month since gaining approval and we have received positive comments from our patients.”
The ward also held an arthroplasty training day for staff in a bid to boost staff productivity and improve efficiency and performance.
Gemma Murthick, ward manager added: “We are striving towards having a highly competent staff base.
“Our team has worked hard on ensuring all staff are appropriately trained and gaining the ice machine as a service improvement, which will help us to achieve a reduced length of stay and improve patient outcomes.”
The installation of the machine is in line with several developments for the team as they were officially named a major revision centre in April 2023.
Paul Baker, network lead said: “The recent appointment of South Tees as a major revision hub means that ward 27 will admit a greater number of patients with complex surgical and nursing care needs.
“There are several other exciting developments happening on Ward 27 as well as the ice machine. A gym is being developed and the treatment room refurbished, all of which will enhance patient experience and aid recovery after surgery.”