Consultation on planned orthopaedic surgery for adults underway
The consultation on the future of planned orthopaedic surgery for adults in north central London launched on 13 January 2020.
It asks for views on a new way to organise these services, which, if approved would create two partnerships for planned orthopaedic care – with University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Whittington Health working together, and The Royal Free London Group (Royal Free, Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital) working with North Middlesex University Hospital.
These partnerships would offer two NHS hospitals with dedicated operating theatres and beds, for patients who need to stay overnight after their operation – Chase Farm Hospital and University College London Hospital, a choice of NHS hospitals for those needing day surgery and a choice of NHS hospitals for outpatient appointments.
At present, waiting lists are too long, too many operations are cancelled (many on the day) and demand for surgery is growing. This is driving the need for change.
North London Partners embarked on the consultation with a commitment to hearing as many views as possible, from those who have used the services in the past and those who may use them in the future. Conversations have already been schedule with a wide range of community groups across our five boroughs, with particular focus on those highlighted in equalities and transport impact reports commissioned by the review team.
In addition to small group consultations, North London Partners, each of the Trusts and CCG teams are hosting engagement events, giving residents the opportunity to put forward their views, highlight any areas for improvement and make alternative suggestions. Responses are also being invited via an online questionnaire.
If you would like to give your views or invite the team to visit your group go to: www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/orth_consultation
The consultation closes on 6 April, and subject to volume and content of responses, the outcome of the consultation is due to be reported in the summer of 2020, when a decision will be made on the future of these services.