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Derby Hand Unit leads way with pioneering new treatment

 6 November 2012


A Wirksworth woman has become the first NHS patient in the Midlands to receive a pioneering new treatment for a disabling hand condition. The new treatment is now being offered at the world-renowned Pulvertaft Hand Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

“This new treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture is much better for patients who previously would have needed an operation and it’s much better for the NHS as it saves money” explains consultant hand surgeon Mr Chris Bainbridge. 

Mrs Pamela Berry, from Wirksworth, has suffered from the condition for many years. “My fingers are being pulled towards the palm of my hand and I cannot straighten my fingers. I’ve already had two operations. It stops me doing lots of everyday things, it’s hard to use scissors, to put on my make-up or to wash my hair. Shaking hands is difficult, it’s hard to turn a door knob and I can’t wear rings on my fingers. It’s a frustrating condition to live with.” 

Mrs Berry is the region’s first NHS patient to be given an injection in place of surgery.  One in 8 of the population suffer from Dupuytren’s and the NHS spends £40 million each year carrying out operations to straighten fingers. 

“This new procedure involves the patient receiving an injection, followed 24 hours later by a straightening procedure which we carry out with a local anaesthetic. We’re saving precious NHS resources with this new technique, removing the need for an operation and intensive physiotherapy for weeks or months after surgery” says Mr Bainbridge. 

“I am absolutely delighted to be the first patient to undergo this new treatment here at the Royal Derby Hospital” says Mrs Berry “I feel very privileged, it’s going to make life much easier and it’s so much better than having an operation.”  


For further information, please contact:


Amanda Wells

Media & Communications Manager

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


01332 786947