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Choosing A Hospital
Finding the Right Hospital For Your Hip Replacement
The majority of hip replacement patients don't put much effort into choosing a hospital. They'll usually go to the one closest to home.
But this needn't be the case. You can play a much more active role in selecting where you want to be treated and your choice should be based around your values and priorities.
In all probability these will include: -
- Length of time on waiting list - how long are you prepared to wait for your operation?
- Distance - would you be willing to travel a long way to be treated in a particular hospital? Bear in mind that this will involve a number of pre- and post-op appointments and extra travel time for your visitors
- MRSA infection rate - a concern for all patients but is it your priority?
- Wound infection rate - hip replacement infections are serious and may involve revision surgery
- Re-admission rate - often seen as a rough indicator of things not having gone well
- Whether the hospital runs the Enhanced Recovery Programme or something similar depending on the country you live in.
What is Available?
Once you have decided on your priorities you can start to look at the options - they are: -
- NHS Treatment: - Since April 2009 all NHS patients have been able to chose the hospital in which they will receive treatment. It could be anywhere in the country and the choice may include some independent hospitals.
- Private Hospitals in the UK: - With health insurance, or a long bank roll, you may prefer to go private. A shorter waiting list, better food but not necessarily better treatment. Finding information to make a valid comparison of private hospitals is a bit more difficult and your choice may be limited by your choice of health insurer.
- Treatment Abroad: -The final choice is to go abroad where prices are substantially lower. India, for instance, offers some top class surgeons at very reasonable rates but there are other good alternatives within Europe.
If you live in USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand would you be willing to tell us how hip patients can select a hospital there?