This is a recent change at Peterborough City Hospital, which is giving patients the chance to enjoy their surgery by watching a movie of their choice at the theatre, so that they do not need a general anaesthetic.
In this hospital, patients undergoing orthopaedic procedures are now allowed to watch a film or TV programme to keep them relaxed and happy. The operation can be done using a local anaesthetic.
Anaesthetist Dr Richard Griffiths, who is mentoring this change, has said that it is a boon to patients who react adversely to a general anaesthetic. He said: 'Patients really relax when they are watching their favorite films. Some have told us the TV can be so captivating that they are unaware that the operation has finished. One patient watched the Sound of Music while undergoing a hip operation while another recently had a knee revision operation while watching the BBC nature documentary series The Blue Planet. But the most popular movie at the moment, particularly among our older female patients, is Dirty Dancing.'
Such trends are more than welcome in relieving patient anxiety during surgery.