Pensioner has spring in her step after hip operation

Mrs Taylor & Demi
Mrs Taylor & Demi

A Newton pensioner has been given a new lease of life after an NHS hip operation allowed her to get back to the exercise activities she loves.

The thought of a full hip replacement at the age of 80 might cause many people anxiety, all the more so for someone who has been registered blind for more than 30 years.

But for Doreen Taylor, surgery at Care UK’s Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre has been followed by a remarkably quick recovery.

She had been troubled by a pain in her right leg, and said: “My physiotherapist realised that the pain in my knee stemmed from my hip. My GP referred me for an MRI scan that revealed osteoarthritis.”

It was devastating news for Doreen, who loves nothing more than walks in the countryside with her guide dog Demi and swimming at the Sharley Park Leisure Centre.

She elected to have her hip surgery at the Barlborough NHS centre in Chesterfield.

She said: “Everyone was just wonderful, even to Demi who came for my assessment. I slept well for all three nights and the food was excellent. All the nurses were very kind and considerate. I could not have wished for any better.”

She is now building up to longer walks, and looking forward to ploughing up and down the pool again.

Care UK rehabilitation staff have helped Doreen adjust to life at home with visits and furniture adaptations.

Service director Steve Booker said: “We are delighted Doreen has been so happy and relaxed, and to see her taking up her activities again.”