A new research that considered data from 2016 and looked at theatres in 100 NHS Trusts has found that approximately two hours a day have been wasted on the average operating list. In total, 1.64 million non-emergency surgical procedures were carried out in 2016. These procedures included eye, ear, nose and throat operations and some orthopaedic procedures. Due to the increasing demand, this number should increase.
It has been recognised that the NHS Hospitals are not planning their operative lists effectively. Sufficient planning would reduce late starts and ensure early finishes which would arguably make a noticeable difference to the overall figures.
It has been reported that Croydon University Hospital started to examine and rebuild the way the operating theatres are run about two years ago.
Croydon University Hospital now ensures that pre-operative assessments are carried out at an earlier stage meaning that there are less last minute cancellations which would leave empty slots.
Croydon University Hospital also sends out reminders to the patients ahead of the up-coming operative procedure.
Last minute cancellations have been reduced from 12% to 7% in two years. Croydon University Hospital is now able to see more than 1,200 cases per year than before.
The official NHS performance statistics revealed that approximately 4 million patients in England are waiting for admission in order to have a surgery or other treatment. A combination of shortages of staff, funding, care outside the Hospitals and etc. have lead the NHS being unable to cope with the high demand. If the NHS Hospitals would manage time more sufficiently, i.e. not waste two hours a day, it would potentially be possible to admit patients in order to provide with the necessary treatment in a timely fashion. This would improve the overall statistics.
The number of non-emergency surgical procedures carried out yearly could be increased if the NHS Hospitals worked more efficiently and, of course, if more money was invested into the NHS.
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