Patient Story: Barrie King

When experiencing the pain of an injury or recurring issue, fast access to high quality specialist treatment is a patient’s number one priority. After a fall this summer Mr King was treated by Mr Rajeev Sharma at Spire Harpenden Hospital and wanted to share his experience. Below he talks about his diagnosis and treatment.


"It's a pleasure coming into the hospital"

“I was having a lovely day when the accident happened; a group of us had gone to Brighton and we were having a few relaxing drinks at the pub. When it came time to going I stood up to leave and that’s the last thing I remember. I was told later that I’d fallen down some stairs inside and was taken to the local hospital to be checked over.

“I was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder which they treated there and then, however I was still struggling with the pain afterwards. I was later told that not only had I dislocated my shoulder but I’d also got a bad fracture and torn rotator cuff.

“My son had previously been treated at Spire Harpenden Hospital and I knew I wanted the best treatment possible, so I decided I wanted to complete my treatment there. I called and spoke with the outpatient booking team who advised that Mr Rajeev Sharma, orthopaedic consultant, was available that Saturday for an appointment. I was so pleased it was so soon.

“Mr Sharma is a brilliant surgeon and a great man, I was lucky to be treated by him. Everything was so quick and straightforward; I had my first appointment on 27 June and was in for my surgery on the 6 July. I was told it would be six weeks in a sling but Mr Sharma had me out of it at four weeks and then the physiotherapy team took over.

“The physiotherapy team were fantastic, they give you confidence in being able to move normally again and I loved having hydrotherapy! Before this I couldn’t lift my arm at all, now I can lift it level and I’m working on getting it above my head with the help of my physiotherapist.

“My care at Spire Harpenden Hospital was brilliant, everyone was happy and seems to enjoy working there, I was looked after so well throughout my whole treatment and it was a pleasure coming into the hospital.”

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