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NRI Dr. Satya Agarwala praised backlog of
operations on 70 patients


Sussex, UK, July 31, 2005
Devinder Singh
NRI press

NRI (non-resident Indians) an orthopaedic surgeon, 60 yrs old, Satya Agarwala conducted 70 operations during his leave. He 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 at the Worthing and Southlands Hospital, in Sussex.

NRI Dr. Agarwala said that hospital managers and administrative staff deserved credit for helping the initiative to work so smoothly. Treating patients is my job and this was just another way to do it for treatment of patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition causes severe pain and pins and needles in the wrist but is treatable with a straightforward operation. The week-long campaign by the surgeon, has reduced the hospital’s orthopaedic waiting list by a month and left only nine carpal tunnel patients still awaiting operations.

Dr.Agarwala and Phil Taylor, a surgical planning co-ordinator, located an under-used surgical day centre in the hospital and asked almost 100 patients if they wished to attend.

He has worked at the hospital for 18 years, carried out 14 procedures a day, with patients able to go home a few hours after being operated on. A spokesman for Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust said that waits for orthopaedic procedures had now dropped from nine to eight months as a result. “Waiting times are being reduced to meet patients expectations and the work of the day surgery admissions team, and in particular Mr Agarwala, is much appreciated


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