Operating Department Practitioner goes the extra mile for patients with new pre-surgery checklist

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new project which aims to give patients more choice when it comes to surgery.

Senior Operating Department Practitioner (SODP) Bev Jones has introduced checks which give patients the choice of using surgical materials which contain plasma derivatives or not. The aim of this is to accommodate people with beliefs, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Bev Said: “I oversee the department’s cell saver machine, which is used in surgery to circulate a patient’s own blood, removing the need for a blood transfusion. It’s an amazing piece of kit and it got me thinking about other things we use in theatre that may contain blood.

“So I did a bit of research and found there are materials like glues and sealants which contain plasma derivatives. In some cases we are already using synthetic alternatives, so it’s easy to consider these when it comes to options for patients and respecting their wishes.”

The Trust worked closely with the Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Chair of the Committee Tom Gregory said: “As a community, we appreciate high quality surgical and medical care. Consequently, we are very happy to be cared for by The Walton Centre.

“This will ensure that the individual patient’s choices are respected with regards to plasma derivatives, and the tissue sealants that are often required during surgery. We are grateful that the Trust has gone to these lengths to care for us in accordance with our beliefs”

Bev has created instructions for staff to follow which highlight components in surgical materials, so patients can know exactly what’s being used during their procedure.

The Walton Centre’s Director of Nursing and Governance Lisa Salter said: “This is a typically fantastic response by a Walton Centre staff member. Bev has put the patient right at the heart of the project and it shows. By monitoring what’s used in surgery for particular patients, teams are addressing any concerns patients have efficiently and with care.”

 Pictured: SODP Bev Jones with Chair of the Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah’s Witnesses Tom Gregory.

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Notes to editors

Further information, or to arrange a visit contact:
Sam Fleet, External Communications Officer, on 0151 556 3397 or email sam.fleet@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016.

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