Important Surgery Notes

Posted by Admin - November 26th, 2014

We are here to ensure that you can get the advice, training and technical support you might need so that you can make your GP surgery more accessible to people who have a hearing loss. There are some key areas you will need to cover:

Keep a note that the patient has a hearing loss on their record
Ensure patients who have a hearing loss are able to make an appointment
Ensure GPs and staff have deaf awareness and basic communication skills
Provide communication support – booking an interpreter
Use equipment to help hearing aid wearers hear you.

We believe all men undergoing surgery should receive this information. Please use these packs with your patients, sharing them pre-prostatectomy, in preparation for their treatment. Note that the packs are aimed at supporting men in the early stages post-surgery and do not cover long-term incontinence.

You should be able to get up and about fairly soon after your operation and the ward staff will help you with this. Moving around will help you recover more quickly and help reduce the risk of complications. Breathing and leg exercises can also help reduce the risk of problems that can happen after surgery, such as chest infections and blood clots. Your nurse or physiotherapist will teach you these exercises. You may also be given medication to help prevent blood clots forming in the first few days after your surgery. This is known as an anti-coagulant. It is given as an injection into the tissues just under the skin; usually in your tummy.