Researchers in health and education are leading a new trial that aims to reduce patients’ dependency on strong pain killers. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Warwick have developed a support programme that they hope will help people with long term pain reduce their dependency on opioids and improve their quality of life.
A comprehensive health and wellbeing programme for patients due to have major surgery has been made a reality thanks to a £75,000 grant from the Health Foundation. Believed to be the first collaborative venture of its kind, a team of doctors, physiotherapists, exercise scientists, public health specialists and Allied Healthcare Professionals will be working together in a bid to improve patient health and wellbeing prior to surgery.
It’s very important that patients with planned operations, procedures or outpatient appointments should attend as normal unless they are specifically contacted by their hospital and asked not to. Only those patients contacted directly will have appointments delayed and these will be rearranged. Cancer diagnosis and treatment appointments will not be delayed.