Enhanced Recovery is an evidence-based programme for patients undergoing surgery. Here at MKUH we run the Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP) for patients needing:
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:
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:
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
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.
For more details about the Enhanced Recovery Programme, see the NHS website here.
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.