Fast-track NHS surgery in the capital
Health leaders are encouraging Londoners to come forward to get the help they need from the NHS, as new surgical hubs are launched across the city to help address waiting lists.
In north central London (NCL) we have already adopted this approach for three different medical specialities. This will help get patients back on the road to health and recovery, and reduce the numbers waiting for surgery.
The surgical hubs use existing hospital sites in coronavirus protected environments, with dedicated facilities bringing skills and resources together under one roof, with staff caring only for surgical patients to minimise the risk of infection.
By undertaking large numbers of the same procedure every day, NHS clinicians will streamline care and ensure patients get the best possible results
The latest move to accelerate routine services after the first wave of the virus will mean emergency and routine care are kept separate, to minimise chances of infection and secure best value from available health service resources.
Since treating around 110,000 patients with Covid during the peak, hospitals in England have since doubled the amount of operations being delivered, while other services are also returning to pre-pandemic levels, including radiotherapy for cancer and emergency admissions.
In NCL, three medical specialities are already operational:
- Orthopaedics – Chase Farm Hospital
- Ophthalmology – Moorfields City Road and St Ann’s Hospital Edgware Community Hospital
- General Surgery – Highgate Hospital