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US News NHS to cancel all non-urgent surgery to free up 30,000 beds

04:30  18 march  2020
04:30  18 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The health service announced plans to cancel all routine surgery and send as many patients as possible home, with the aim of freeing up a third of the 100, 000 hospital beds in England. Sir Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, said the goal was to try to stop the healthcare system becoming

NHS England is to suspend all non - urgent surgery for three months from 15 April in a bid to free up staff and beds to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The health service announced plans to cancel all routine surgery and send as many patients as possible home

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NHS England is to suspend all non-urgent surgery for three months from 15 April in a bid to free up staff and beds to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The health service announced plans to cancel all routine surgery and send as many patients as possible home, with the aim of freeing up a third of the 100,000 hospital beds in England.

Sir Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, said the goal was to try to stop the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed during a potential surge of COVID-19 cases.

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NHS England is suspending all non - urgent surgery to free up beds for coronavirus patients, after cases rise by almost 500 per cent. Sir Simon said up to 15, 000 of 100, 000 hospital beds could be freed up for coronavirus admissions by discharging patients. He added: "In terms of the additional

However experts have warned that that a “blanket ban” on all non - urgent surgery would be unlikely.

a person standing next to a car: The NHS is urging hospitals to discharge as many patients as possible © Getty The NHS is urging hospitals to discharge as many patients as possible

It is hoped the plan will also limit the exposure of healthy people to the virus.

Sir Simon told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday: "As part of our readiness for the likely influx of more coronavirus patients, we are going to be taking concerted action.

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"First of all we are suspending elective non-urgent surgery with an assumption that will be suspended everywhere from 15 April at the latest for at least three months, with a discretion for hospitals to take action earlier if they need it."

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England’s National Health Service is to cancel all non - urgent surgery , send home any patient fit enough to leave This would involve freeing up 30 , 000 or more of the English NHS ’s 100, 000 general and acute beds , and supplementing them with additional capacity, notably from the independent sector.

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He said the NHS was working intensively with community health services and social care to "unblock" some of the discharge processes and with community and independent hospitals to bring back capacity for coronavirus patients.

In a letter to senior managers and hospital trusts, Sir Simon and NHS chief operating officer Amanda Pritchard said the health service would "come under intense pressure" when the virus peaks.

But added that emergency admissions, cancer treatment and other urgent care would continue as normal.

a screenshot of a cell phone: The NHS is 'block-buying' capacity in private hospitals © Reuters The NHS is 'block-buying' capacity in private hospitals

Hospitals were told to "urgently discharge all hospital inpatients who are medically fit to leave", with the letter adding: "Community health providers must take immediate full responsibility for urgent discharge of all eligible patients identified by acute providers on a discharge list."

The letter also explained how the NHS was "block-buying" capacity in private hospitals, which is due to be completed within two weeks.

"Their staff and facilities will then be flexibly available to you for urgent surgery, as well as for repurposing their beds, operating theatres and recovery facilities to provide respiratory support for COVID-19 patients," it said.

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The document said data from the UK and around the world suggested a "significant" number of coronavirus patients who were hospitalised required respiratory support - "particularly mechanical ventilation and to a lesser extent non-invasive ventilation".

It added: "Work is well in hand nationally to secure a step change in oxygen supply and distribution to hospitals."

The letter said there was an adequate supply of protective equipment for staff centrally but that "locally distribution issues are being reported".

The NHS 24 contact centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited to meet staff supporting Scotlands public information response to coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images The NHS 24 contact centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited to meet staff supporting Scotlands public information response to coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

It also says more staff will be needed to support patients with respiratory problems and that refresher training for "all clinical and patient-facing staff must therefore be provided within the next fortnight".

The NHS England plans come as a further 14 people died after being diagnosed with coronavirus in England, bringing the number in the UK to 71.

Confirmed cases have reached 1,950 - up 407 in the past 24 hours and a rise of 26%.

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