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Three millionth patient entered into National Joint Registry

A patient at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is the three millionth entry in a nationwide database which records details of joint replacement operations in order to monitor the results of surgery.

The National Joint Registry helps surgeons choose the best artificial joints when operating. The database also helps ensure surgeons make the right choice of implant for each patient. It supports patients to find surgeons with the best clinical outcomes and collects high quality and relevant data about joint replacement surgery in order to monitor and report on outcomes in a continuous drive to ensure the quality and cost-effectiveness of joint replacement surgery. It also supports and enables related research.

A wide range of implants can be used in the joint replacement operations. The registry helps to monitor the performance of these implants and the effectiveness of different types of surgery, improving clinical standards and benefiting patients, clinicians and the orthopaedic sector as a whole.

Patient Roger Westbury was notified that he was the three millionth entry in the National Joint Registry following his hip replacement at the Royal Orthopaedic in September 2019.

Roger, a keen walker, learnt of the milestone following a walking trip in Rotterdam, just 11 weeks after his hip replacement. Roger said: “The care I received at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was excellent and I was home after two nights. It’s enjoyable to be walking again with less pain; we covered 30 miles in Rotterdam and I wouldn’t have managed that before the operation.

“It is reassuring to know that a database like this exists and helps improve patient care.”

Mr Yuvraj Agrawal, the surgeon who completed the procedure at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital said, “I am very pleased to be Roger’s surgeon and I am delighted that he has recovered so well. This is a positive news story as I and many surgeons rely on information from the Registry to guide our practice in terms of selection of implant. I strongly believe in evidence-based treatment to help me strive for the best outcome for my patients.”
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is one of the largest specialist orthopaedic units in Europe and rank among the best in the NHS for patient experience and clinical outcomes.