Jean – the first to have all four major joints replaced at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre

Jean Lawrence, 77, from Avonmouth, Bristol, is the first person to have all four major joints – both knees and hips – replaced at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, and her life is now pain-free as a result.

Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre - Success Stories - Jean LawrenceHer first operation at the centre was in 2010 when she had her right knee replaced. This was followed in 2011 by her left hip and in 2012 it was the turn of her left knee. Jean achieved the ‘full set’ when she had her right hip replaced in July this year.

Jean’s operations were all carried out by the same orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Jozsef Nemes.

“It is still early days after my last operation, but it is lovely to be able to get about without pain. I’m managing a good 20 minute walk every day, which is something I couldn’t really do before.”

Jean is full of praise for Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre and everyone who works there: “It is absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t fault any of them, from the surgeon to the cleaning staff. Mr Nemes has performed all my joint operations and we have got to know each other quite well. Both he and his colleagues have taken time out to talk to me after each operation – everyone is so friendly and they can’t do enough for you.”

Her experience has been helpful to other people too. One of Jean’s friends has severe anxiety and was due to go to Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre for surgery, but Jean was quick to reassure her.

“I told her ‘you couldn’t wish for a better place to get treatment’ and they were wonderful to her. She began being very worried about the operation but came home thinking they were wonderful.”

It is not just friends who are seeking treatment from the centre thanks to Jean’s recommendations – her son-in-law has also had two hip replacements at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre.

“If anyone was worried about going there I would say ‘go for it’ – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Emersons Green to other people.”

Pamela Mackie, Hospital Director at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, commented:

“We are delighted that Jean has chosen us for all four of her major joint replacements, and that for each one, her experience was exceptional. Jean is one of many patients who return to us time and time again, something they can do because we are part of the local choice for NHS treatment.”

Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre is part of the choice local patients have for where they receive NHS treatment. Provided it is for a procedure which is carried out at the hospital, if your GP agrees that you require treatment he or she can refer you.