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Surgery school speeds up cancer patients’ recovery

Promoting healthier lifestyles lifts general mood and prepares people for surgery

Cancer patients take on board surgery school's message about healthier lifestyles, thereby improving their mood, preparing them for surgery and ultimately resulting in shorter hospital stays

  • One part of surgery school focuses on patients being active, nutrition, smoking and alcohol
  • Another part looks at what they can expect during their stay and planning their discharge
  • A healthier patient prepared for surgery can expect a shorter hospital stay

Having an operation is a daunting prospect for most people, but a ‘surgery school’ is empowering patients to make changes that reduce risks and speed up recovery.

‘Before they come along, patients are a little bit unsure of what it’s about,’ says Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust perioperative medicine nurse Charlotte Bellis. ‘But afterwards 100% say they would recommend it to their family and friends.’

The school was launched

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