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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme celebrates five years

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On Thursday 12 October 2017 the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Facilitators Elaine Tustian and Hamira Ghafoor and their ERAS link staff welcomed staff (consultants, specialist nurses, ward staff and therapists), patients and relatives to the Churchill Hospital to celebrate five years of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme within Oxford University Hospitals.

The event showcased the ERAS pathways the team have successfully implemented since the programme started in 2012, and celebrated the achievements of the ERAS link staff supporting patients, relatives and staff.

Enhanced Recovery was initially pioneered for colorectal surgery in Denmark by Professor Henrik Kehlet, and the principles have since spread across the world into different specialties. The principles centre around evidence-based practice guiding patient care through the pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative stages of major surgery, to help reduced complications, improve outcomes and enable an earlier recovery and discharge home. 

Patients are active participants in their own recovery and receive leaflets about what to expect during their hospital stay as well as a diary to guide on goals to achieve before discharge.

For more information about ERAS at Oxford University Hospitals, please see:

Left to right: Robert Simon (ERAS physiotherapy assistant); Madalina Puiu (ERAS physiotherapy assistant); Tracie Wilson (Urology ERAS link); Elaine Tustian (ERAS facilitator); Anita MacQueen (Matron, Surgery); Hamira Ghafoor (ERAS facilitator); Katishe North (Upper GI ERAS Link); Maria Dimitrui (Urology ERAS Link)