Nurse trains in surgery to improve patients' experience
Malcolm Clarke, a nurse at Leicester General Hospital, has been trained to perform carpal tunnel operations, making way for a new service where patients can be treated quickly and effectively.
Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome usually wait a long time for an operation to decompress the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, but Clarke offers a shorter waiting time and a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Patients are referred to him via their general practitioner and can make an appointment to have the operation at any time during the weekday mornings. The actual operation only lasts half an hour and is performed in a ward treatment room of a ward so patients do not need to go to theatre.
As the waiting list is short, patients are seen much quicker and this decreases the risk of irreversible nerve damage. Clarke uses local anaesthetic to perform the operation so patients can choose