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Hip, hip, hooray! Sherwood Forest Hospitals surgeon cheers on double hip operation Derek, 70, as he prepares for fourth London Marathon

Consultant Vikram Desai and Derek Ward

Consultant Vikram Desai, left, wishes Derek Ward well as the 70-year-old double hip replacement patient prepares for his fourth London Marathon


April 4, 2017

Mansfield pensioner, Derek Ward, who has had both hips replaced, will be cheered on by his Sherwood Forest Hospitals surgeon, Vikram Desai, as the 70-year-old starts his fourth London Marathon later this month.

Derek underwent his life-changing hip operations in 2009 and 2010 under the care of Mr Desai at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and at the Park Hospital near Nottingham.

He will be running the race on April 23 for the charity Sense, which supports people who are deaf, blind, have sensory impairments or complex needs.

Since his operations, Derek has run for a variety of charities including; Age UK, Rainbows Trust, Rainbows Hospice and the Jigsaw Support Scheme.

He said: “Before my hip replacements I could hardly walk 100 yards due to the pain, but after I had recovered from them I made a promise to myself to try to run a marathon.

“The operations were fantastic and I was given a new lease of life. The care I received was second to none and I’ve been able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.

“It has been a long journey, but through running and exercise I have made friends and it has also given me something to focus on. I ran the first marathon with my daughter for Age UK in 2012 and then ran it again in 2013 (in 5 hours 57 minutes) and in 2014. Now I’m 70 I thought I would do it again – hopefully still around the six hour mark.”

He must raise at least £1,500 for Sense and make up any shortfall personally. To support Derek go to

Consultant surgeon Vikram Desai, who is himself a London Marathon veteran (2014 and 2015), said: “It is pleasing to see how well Derek is doing. To say he was finding it difficult to walk when we first met in 2009, it’s amazing that he is now running marathons.

“We would always advise our patients to take care after hip operations and not to put pressure on their limbs, however, Derek is taking a careful approach to his training and has built his fitness up slowly, so I wish him all the best and lots of luck with the marathon.

“Credit goes to the whole team at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, the surgeons, theatre staff and physiotherapy teams who help patients like Derek return to an active life and remain fitter, healthier and more independent.”


Late last year Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust launched a five-point plan to help frail and older people protect themselves against falls, which can lead to a dramatic decline in health, especially hip fractures, as these can have a devastating impact leading to long-term disability and potential loss of independence.

˜ Consultant surgeon Mr Bala Srinivasan paid tribute to Sherwood Forest staff for their sustained improvements in care, particularly the treatment of patients who had been admitted as urgent cases following hip fractures as a result of falls.

 “National research shows that the impact can be devastating and long-term with many patients never regaining full independence. The longer someone stays in hospital, the more likely this is, so reducing length of stay is better for the patient,” said Mr Srinivasan

The Trust aims to operate within 36 hours of admission and members of its orthopaedic multi-disciplinary team carry out bone and fall assessments – looking at the reasons why patients fall in the first place and why the fall resulted in such a serious break. This could result in advice on diet and food supplements as well as recommended changes at home to ensure falls do not happen again.