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Saturday, 30 July 2005 10:53
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
70 ops on holiday
Satya Agarwala a caring NHS surgeon cleared a backlog of 70 operations while he was on holiday.

Satya Agarwala who works at the Worthing and Southlands Hospital, in Sussex has been praised by health chiefs after he took annual leave to free himself from other surgical duties and work through a backlog of operations.

Mr Agarwala and Phil Taylor, a surgical planning co-ordinator took over an under-used surgical day centre room and started working through a backlog of operations for a condition known as carpal tunnel. It causes severe wrist pain but is treatable by a straightforward operation under local anaesthetic.

Mr Agarwala, who has worked at the hospital for 18 years, said: "Treating patients is my job and this was just another way to do it. The operation is straightforward and quick. What takes the time is the paperwork and talking to patients”.

Mr Agarwala carried out 14 operations each day. "It was very satisfying at the end of the week," he said. "People who have this condition suffer severe pain and it can be very debilitating”.

A hospital spokesman said: "Waiting times are being reduced to meet patient expectations and the work of the day surgery admissions team, and in particular Mr Agarwala, is most appreciated in helping with this”.


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