New rehab service opens at The Horder Centre

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Leading orthopaedic hospital The Horder Centre in Crowborough has launched a specialist rehabilitation service for patients recovering from surgery or an accident such as a fall.

The service is designed for patients who would like additional rehabilitation before going home from hospital and provides twice daily physiotherapy sessions as well as access to an on-site gym. Patients are accommodated in modern and comfortable en suite rooms and their care is overseen by a team of nurses and physiotherapists.

Rachel Pepe, Enhanced Recovery and Inpatient Therapy manager at the Horder Centre, said: ‘We set the service up in response to requests from patients who wanted to extend their stay with us after their operation. Although they are medically fit, sometimes they feel a bit anxious about going home especially if they don’t have someone to support them. Spending a few days with us can give them confidence and as a result they usually make much better progress when they do go home.’

Patients who have had orthopaedic surgery at other hospitals can also book into The Horder Centre’s rehabilitation service providing they are medically fit.

Rachel explained: ‘Following requests from doctors and patients we have now extended the service to patients who have been treated elsewhere. We can also accept patients who haven’t had surgery but may have had a fall, for example. They can benefit from a rehabilitation programme that will get them back on their feet and make them feel more able to live independently.’

The Horder Centre, which carries out more than 2,000 joint replacements every year, is part of Horder Healthcare, a charity that puts all of its profit back into healthcare to benefit the community it serves.

Horder Healthcare also runs the The McIndoe Centre in East Grinstead, which specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and outreach clinics in Tunbridge Wells, Seaford and Eastbourne.

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