An experienced hand surgeon has joined North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as the Teesside healthcare provider expands their hand services to offer 24-hour hand trauma provision.
Mr Sanjay Miranda, Consultant Orthopaedic Hand & Wrist Surgeon joined three other specialist hand consultants at the Teesside Trust earlier this year to offer a full hand surgery service for the communities of Hartlepool, Stockton and the wider Tees Valley.
Mr Miranda has worked in orthopaedic surgery since 1996 and specialised in hand surgery since 2003. To accredit as a specialist hand surgeon, Mr Miranda gained an international standard fellowship spending one year at the distinguished Pulvertaft Hand Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital and one year in Sydney with world renowned hand surgeon, Professor Tonkin.
On making the move from neighbouring South Tees Foundation Trust Mr Miranda commented: “I enjoyed 14 great years at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust gaining valuable experience from a clinical and academic perspective. Since making the move to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust I’ve been immediately welcomed into the team. There really is an excellent culture within the workforce that’s been evident from day one. The hand team here have big ambitions and I’m thrilled to be part of this forward thinking team of professionals providing excellent patient care as standard.”
The hand trauma service treats broken bones and joints; nerve injuries; injured tendons; and, damaged skin. With four hand surgery consultants working across both North Tees and Hartlepool hospital sites patients will routinely be seen within a day or two. The service also includes specialist hand therapists to provide expert rehabilitation after initial assessment or surgery to enable patients to return back to normal as soon as possible.
Mr Miranda added: “If a patient has a severe hand injury our aim is to restore it as close to its original state as possible whilst minimising scar tissue and maximising function. Anyone receiving care through our Trust will receive the best possible treatment from a team of highly skilled, professional and experienced specialists to rehabilitate patients back to normal as soon as possible.
The expansion of the team here at North Tees and Hartlepool really sets us on our way to realising our ambitions. From the end of July, we are able to offer 24-hour hand trauma treatment and in the next two years we are looking to develop a specialist Hand Surgery Centre at the University Hospital of Hartlepool firmly establishing this department as one of the leading providers of hand care in the North East.”
The hand team also work closely with the musculo-skeletal service in primary care. On receipt of referrals from the musculo-skeletal service, the hand team at the Trust are able to offer planned surgery including treatment for arthritis including joint replacement for hand and wrist; carpal tunnel syndrome; hand deformities; sports injuries; key-hole surgery for hand and wrist conditions; and, nerve and tendon reconstruction. These conditions are caused commonly by arthritis, old injuries, trapped nerves and Dupuytren’s disease.
Most surgery is performed on awake patients under local anaesthesia numbing the injured area, or with regional anaesthesia numbing the limb. The large majority of hand surgery permits patients to go home the same day and recover quicker. Follow-up of care happens with the hand therapist team to help patients readjust and restore as much normality as possible.
Both emergency and planned hand surgery takes place at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Find out more about hand surgery at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.