Enhanced Recovery Programme

Enhanced Recovery is an evidence-based programme for patients undergoing surgery. Here at MKUH we run the Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP) for patients needing:

  • Bowel surgery;
  • Removal of a kidney.

This programme aims to reduce complications following surgery and allow for a smooth and quick recovery.

We will encourage you to be actively involved in your recovery and discharge planning. We achieve this by explaining the programme to you before your operation so you are fully aware of what to expect. We will work with you and your family to ensure a safe and timely discharge.

The ERP aims to ensure that patients:

  • are as healthy as possible before receiving treatment;
  • receive the best possible care during their operation;
  • receive the best possible care whilst recovering.

Having an operation can be both physically and emotionally stressful. The Enhanced Recovery Program tries to get you back to full health as quickly as possible. Research has shown that the earlier a person gets out of bed and starts walking, eating and drinking after having an operation, the shorter their recovery time will be.

To enhance your recovery from surgery, it’s important that you play an active role in your own care.

Important points to consider before your operation include:

  • Eating well– your body will need energy for repair;
  • Exercise – being physically active before your operation will help you recover quicker;
  • Smoking and alcohol– giving up or cutting down will help speed up your recovery and reduce your risk of developing complications.

Your GP will give you advice about getting into the best possible shape before having surgery. They will also identify and stabilise any health conditions you have that may affect the operation.

The enhanced recovery program will be explained to you at your pre-assessment appointment and you will be given written information to take home.

If you have any questions about the Enhanced Recovery Programme or what you can do to prepare for your operation please contact;

Eleanor Shield – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Patient information

The following video has been put together to provide more information about our Enhanced Recovery Programme, what you can expect and how you can best support your recovery.

Further information

For more details about the Enhanced Recovery Programme, see the NHS website here.

Fitter Better Sooner

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has some great resources to provide you with the information you need to become fitter and better prepared for your operation.

You can access all of the information and resources on the Fitter Better Sooner webpage.


Last Modified: 11:52am 25/10/2021