Opening hospital services

The number of excess deaths seems likely to include a significant number of patients who have failed to present. This may have been through a combination of fear of contracting Covid19 and a mistake belief that they are ‘protecting the NHS’. Can Scot.Gov publish the levels of emergency attendances for Serious Conditions Since lockdown compared to previous years . As we move back to Test track and isolate . I suggest that (at least in the major cities ) some hospitals should be designated ‘non covid’ with all admissions being tested before admission for current or previous infection. The Louisa Jordan hospital could be used for step down covid

Why the contribution is important

To prevent continuation of excess deaths as far as possible. The fear of contracting Covid19 will remain until we have delivered an effective vaccine ( effective especially for those who are vulnerable which in the light of flu vaccine efficacy may be challenging for that group)

by docRS on May 05, 2020 at 01:40PM

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  • Posted by alogan May 05, 2020 at 13:48

    Very necessary to get hospitals - indeed the whole NHS back running again. Otherwise the non Covid excess deaths will be worse than the Covid deaths. There is no guarantee of a vaccine - ever! We need to learn to live with this virus.
  • Posted by Moragafpringle May 05, 2020 at 13:50

    Or use the Louise Jordan as a Covid hospital. Also test patients due to have surgery 24 hrs in advance and either admit them or ask to self isolate until day of operation.
  • Posted by vRam May 05, 2020 at 14:15

    Agree with allocating hospitals or areas in large hospitals to be covid free zones. This would allow services to restart and reduce excess death rates.
  • Posted by BiggGrumperz May 05, 2020 at 15:04

    Good idea. We need to try and get our NHS back to some normality for 'normal' patients asap. But my worry is we come out of lockdown too soon and we let the genie back out of the bottle, so it's all back to C-19 only work.
  • Posted by amw May 05, 2020 at 20:50

    I totally agree. Perhaps the use of testing followed by a 7 day isolation period could be adopted ahead of all planned hospital appointments. Safety for all is essential, but so, too, is the need to get all NHS provision reactivated.
  • Posted by AMac May 06, 2020 at 22:24

    Primary healthcare services including people being able to be seen by a GP for concerns not currently classed as urgent or dental surgeries should be prioritised to open Health is essential and currently people are not being seen by GPs for concerns seen as non urgent or referrals aren’t happening to specialist clinics if required. We need to restart services or there will be a huge backlog. Also there is going to be bad health outcomes for people all over the country over and above Covid-19.
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