Ultrasound injections to make patient experience ultra-quick
24 August 2017
A new ultrasound injection service at Southend Hospital is rapidly speeding up patient waiting times, cutting them from up to 30 weeks to just two weeks.
Previously the process would typically take several months,
multiple visits and require a day stay admission, now it's just a
short consultation, visit to the injection clinic and that's it. No
day stay in hospital or waiting for a slot to be available in the
operating day theatre.
Sister Karen Coleman, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Manager of
Orthopaedic Outpatients, explained how it is making a huge
difference: "The reduction in waiting
time is fantastic for patients. We have also reduced the waiting
time on the day of the procedure, from four hours to less than 30
minutes and we have cut down on patient appointment times. It's now
just one visit instead of three."
The new process gives patients a more flexible choice with
dedicated ultrasound guided injection clinics performed by Mr A
Reda, Orthopaedic Specialty Doctor, taking place during morning and
afternoon sessions on a weekly basis in the Orthopaedic Outpatients
Previously a radiographer and image intensifier equipment were
needed for guided injections, but performing injections using
ultrasound means that staff and equipment are freed up for other
procedures. It's also reducing the pressure for medical records now
that patient notes are not required for day stay admissions.
In some instances the injection can even be performed on the day
of diagnosis, if there is an available slot on that day. All of
which means a patient could receive their treatment on their very
first visit, followed up with a phone consultation within six
to eight weeks.
Notes to editor
Ultrasound guided injections are given to patients for the
relief of pain from many different conditions including
trochanteric bursisis - a type of inflammation that affects
your hips - Mortons neuroma - a painful foot condition that affects
one of the nerves between the toes and plantar fasciitis - which
typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the