b'PATIENT STORIES MAKING STRIDESPATIENT STORYMary AshboltAfter years of restrictive groin pain caused byat the centre was so helpful, and they placed so osteoporosis, a sudden fall on concrete meantmuch emphasis on getting out of bed as soon as possible and starting the exercises.that Marys hip pain became unmanageable andI was particularly grateful to practise going eventually resulted inboth hips being replacedatup and down stairs, as I was concerned how I The Horder Centre. would manage these at home. Because of this, I felt so confident and prepared for life outside; I even stopped for a coffee on my way back from Mary explains: I had previously workedhospital!withMr Hugh Apthorpat my local HastingsWhen I returned home I felt very reassured hospital so knew of his expertise in hipthat the staff were only a phone call away for replacement surgery. My mother had alsoadvice or reassurance. Within four weeks I was undergone surgery at The Horder Centre anddriving, and after seven weeks I completed a had an excellent experience so naturally Isponsored charity walk which I would never requested a referral straight away from my GP. have been able to do prior to my surgery.I was immediately impressed by how allThe surgery byMr Apthorphas made a the staff knew my name. The surgery was veryterrific difference to my quality of life and I successful and I was pleased to be given theam so grateful to The Horder Centre for their option of having a spinal anaesthetic rather thanfantastic patient care. If I lived closer to the a general, which was my preference. Everyonecentre I would definitely become a volunteer.If you would like to share your patient story from one of our hospitals or clinics please send it to email@example.com'