WHEN 54-year-old Michael Callaway needed to have hip and knee joints replaced, he didn’t have to think too hard about where to have the operations.
For Michael works at the popular private Spire Washington Hospital and it was there he went ‘under the knife.’
Michael, Store Co-ordinator at Spire, explained: “It started with a pain in my groin. I play a lot of sport, and was struggling to get out on my bike or get around the golf course.
“It was gradually getting worse, until I needed help putting on my socks and shoes and getting in and out of the car. The pain was terrible.”
Michael made an appointment with Orthopaedic Consultant Nick Shaw, who diagnosed osteoarthritis in Michael’s knee and hip.
Six weeks later, Michael was on the operating table for the first of his two operations.
“I was given a spinal anaesthetic and a sedative, so although I was conscious, I can’t remember a thing,” he explained.
“The operation was two hours long and then I stayed in for two days and two nights. My en-suite room was just like a hotel, it even had Sky TV. The staff were fantastic, the food excellent and the care just couldn’t be faulted.
“I was up and walking with the help of the physio the day after the op, and he also sorted the aids I would need to help me get about at home. These were included in the price.
“I then had physio every week at the hospital’s gym where they monitor how you are doing and watch you exercise on specialist kit. I also followed an exercise plan given to me by the physio at home.
Mike, originally from Liverpool and now living in Bishop Auckland, was back to work six weeks after his op: “I’m in no pain now, back on the golf course and back on my bike. My quality of life has certainly improved – I feel like a new man.”
Spire is a leading local provider of quality private healthcare including orthopaedic, cosmetic and weight loss surgery, diagnostic imaging and physiotherapy and sports injury treatment. The hospital employs around 295 staff and last year had over 13,500 out-patient appointments and 8,000 theatre cases.
Patients can pay for treatment themselves, as Michael did, through Spire Self-Pay. This allows patients to pay for treatment themselves at a fixed cost.
Once you have left hospital, your fixed price covers all follow-up consultations until you are discharged, and all standard post-operative care including take home drugs, the removal of stiches, dressing changes and all physiotherapy that your consultant advises you need. For additional peace of mind, should there be a clinical need for you to return to hospital you will not receive an additional bill.
Referrals to the hospital can also be made via the NHS or with private medical insurance.