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Shorter waiting times at new fracture clinic at Northampton General Hospital

Alistair Jepson gives a patient consultation at NGH's new fracture clinic NNL-140707-133107001

Alistair Jepson gives a patient consultation at NGH's new fracture clinic NNL-140707-133107001

Patients are benefiting from improved efficiency and shorter waiting times for broken bones at Northampton General Hospital.

The clinic, which now has a special room for treating children, comes as phase one of a re-arrangement plan as the hospital prepares to expand its A&E department.

The £511,000 project also includes a large treatment room, 11 consulting rooms and a computer room for staff.

There is also a “mini museum” in the waiting room displaying old-fashioned orthopaedic equipment from the hospital archives.

Partly designed by consultant orthpopaedic surgeon, Alistair Jepson, clinic patients can expect a “quiet, confidential and better experience”.

Mr Jepson said: “Staff and patients are very happy with the new clinic which is now more efficient, can accommodate increased numbers of staff, and is more separated from orthopaedics.”

The clinic, which took three months to build after three years of planning is now located where an old physiotherapy gym used to be and its former site is now being used for hand therapy sessions.

Mr Jepson said: “It is now much less clumsy as all the consulting rooms are built around the main plaster room, meaning there is a smoother flow of procedures.” Commenting on his contribution to the design process, he said: “I have always been interested in architecture, it’s surprisingly similar to surgery in some ways.”

 

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