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  1. News Article
    At least 200,000 people missed out on essential surgery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many enduring “misery and daily pain” as a result, a conference has heard. Both scheduled and emergency surgery levels dropped by 20% during the pandemic, suggesting there is now significant pent-up demand for treatment, according to the national clinical lead in surgery, Prof Deborah McNamara. Almost 343,000 people are waiting to see a surgeon for the first time, 100,000 of whom have been on a waiting list for more than 18 months, she told the conference on outcomes from the pandemic a
  2. Event
    This conference focuses on Prehabilitation – Principles and Practice, and will provide a practical guide to delivering an effective prehabilitation programme, ensuring patients are fit and optimised for surgery/treatment. This is even more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns which have had a negative effect on many individual’s health and fitness levels, and currently high waiting lists could be used as preparation time to ensure the best outcomes. The conference will look at preoperative/pre treatment optimisation of patients fitness and wellbeing through exercise, nutri
  3. News Article
    An algorithm which can predict how long a patient might spend in hospital if they’re diagnosed with bowel cancer could save the NHS millions of pounds and help patients feel better prepared. Experts from the University of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust have used artificial intelligence and data analytics to predict the length of hospital stay for bowel cancer patients, whether they will be readmitted after surgery, and their likelihood of death over a one or three-month period. The intelligent model will allow healthcare providers to design the best pat
  4. News Article
    Patients waiting for surgery and cancer care in England will face long delays for years to come, MPs have warned in a new report that is highly critical of both ministers and NHS bosses. The already-record 6.1 million-strong waiting list for vital treatment will keep growing and officials are “too optimistic” that plans to tackle it will succeed, the public accounts committee (PAC) said in a report on Wednesday. “For the next few years it is likely that waiting time performance for cancer and elective care will remain poor and the waiting list for elective care will continue to grow,
  5. News Article
    Despite a backlog of routine operations, NHS hospitals are being advised to delay elective surgical procedures by at least seven weeks if a patient has just had Omicron. UK experts say it is a precaution since the first couple of months following infection is a riskier period, linked to poorer post-operative recovery. In some circumstances the surgery may be urgent enough to go ahead, however. Patients should ideally have had all of their Covid vaccines too. The advice has been issued by surgery and anaesthesia experts, including two Royal Colleges representing those professions
  6. Content Article
    The latest expert guidance on routine operations recommends: Within 10 days of your planned surgery date If you have a positive test, or COVID-19 symptoms, elective surgery should not take place because you may be infectious to others (as well as risks to you). Between 10 days and 7 weeks before your planned operation date Reduce your risks of catching COVID-19. If meeting people, consider social distancing, wearing a facemask, opening windows or meeting outdoors. If you test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms: You MUST inform your surgical team. Elective sur
  7. News Article
    A County Tyrone man who has been waiting six years for a gall bladder operation has said he feels forgotten about by the health service. John Doherty, 55, said he could not understand why he was unable to get updates on his operation. BBC News NI can reveal almost 475,000 people are waiting for surgery or to see a consultant for the first time. The Royal College of Surgeons wants patients to be told how long they will have to wait for treatment. Mr Doherty said he felt anxious and depressed waiting for a telephone call from his local hospital and blamed the government for "
  8. Content Article
    The plan focuses on four areas of delivery: Increasing health service capacity, through the expansion and separation of elective and diagnostic service capacity. The physical separation of elective from urgent and emergency services ensures the resilience of elective delivery, as well as providing service efficiency. This will include a strengthened relationship with independent sector providers to accelerate recovery. Prioritising diagnosis and treatment, including a return towards delivery of the six-week diagnostic standard and reducing the maximum length of time that patients
  9. News Article
    An amputee's wife having to "carry him to the toilet" after her husband was sent home from hospital without a care plan was just one of many findings in a report into vascular services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in north Wales. The critical report by the Royal College of Surgeons England makes five urgent recommendations "to address patient safety risks". Part one of the report, published last summer, made nine urgent recommendations and raised issues including too many patient transfers to the centralised hub, a lack of vascular beds and frequent delays in transfers.
  10. Event
    Join the #SolvingTogether Connect Sessions, virtual sessions that anyone can attend where people share their ideas for addressing the challenges.  They are informal opportunities to put forward ideas, and have discussion. Patients and health and care staff are all invited to attend. The MSTeams link to the session will be added to the event page at 9am on Thursday 2nd February.