Elective surgeries

These must be restarted immediately,
The operating theatres are being under utilised and the capacity is being lost, (lost capacity can never be regained)
We have a nightingale hospital being under utilised
We are paying for capacity in the private sector that can be used to restart elective operations
People are having their life's shortned and endangered by not using the capacity for robotic surgery
Patients and their families lifes are being torn apart while elective surgery is suspended
All that we are doing is making the queue for elective surgery much longer and endangering people's lives (how longer will it take to re over the backlog?, years?)
There are more live threatening conditions than just covid 19

Why the contribution is important

Because I like many, many others are held in limbo while awaiting for their cancelled cancer operation to be rescheduled

by Handoftheking on May 05, 2020 at 02:19PM

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  • Posted by thespidersays May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    I have a close relative whose operation was cancelled just one week before it was scheduled. She is now in considerable discomfort and at the very least, patients should be given some ball-park time-frame in which they could expect their treatment to be rescheduled. As with most aspects of this lockdown, it's the not knowing - not being given any agency - that often feels most debilitating.
  • Posted by BiggGrumperz May 05, 2020 at 14:41

    I agree with this. Normal NHS work needs to resume asap - so don't rush coming out of lockdown, otherwise we're back to Square 1.
  • Posted by June May 05, 2020 at 14:45

    It seems that the government is running a lottery on health and you can only win if you are suffering from Covid. It’s time to get all the cancelled operations - especially for cancer - up and running again before many more die
  • Posted by PaulWG May 05, 2020 at 14:47

    We seem to be forgetting the 200, or so, people that die every day in Scotland from all causes, let alone the many more who are suffering from lack of routine care during this virus crisis. Ignoring this and routine stuff such as eye and dental check-ups is only storing up problems for the future.
  • Posted by AlexMD May 05, 2020 at 16:07

    Completely agree. Empty wards. 111 operators who refer you to GP. GPs who won't see you. It is time that the NHS actually got back to work.
  • Posted by Jane May 05, 2020 at 17:15

    Support this based on a planned re introduction - as think PPE for wider groups of staff than currently receiving it may be a challenge.
  • Posted by bank65 May 05, 2020 at 17:19

    Although not likely to be the preferred option for staff or public from a travelling perspective, but in these unprecedented times as a matter of priority designate 2 large hospitals in Scotland (East / West) and work to clear elective surgical backlog.
  • Posted by grannycaz57 May 05, 2020 at 19:50

    Some hospitals have already started to work through some of the urgent cases, under strict conditions. Operations taking place daily.
  • Posted by AMac May 06, 2020 at 06:57

    Completely agree with this. You currently can’t be seen in person by a GP unless it’s viewed as urgent. People have other health concerns that are impacting their quality of life, but not viewed as life threatening. Providing healthcare services should be the priority above everything else. Keep other lockdown measures in place if needed, but restart the health system as a matter of priority.
  • Posted by Moragj May 08, 2020 at 09:42

    Daughters spinal surgery cancelled 2 days before lockdown as surgeon had hoped to complete March list.
    If this is not done by late July and schools reopen in August this will impact on her attendance at start of school year and her mental health.
    Routine surgery capacity and waiting lists need to restart with pre op testing and measures to safeguard, such as one tested visitor for children and no visits for adults unless they meet the existing criteria in place
  • Posted by amanda67 May 10, 2020 at 13:33

    I agree. Some hospitals are quiet at the moment and waiting lists are lengthening. With staff taking necessary precautions , I think that elective surgery should go ahead where possible.
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