At present, NHS patients currently receive planned orthopaedic surgery for adults (planned surgery of bones, joints and muscles, e.g. hip and knee replacements) at 10 separate NHS and private sector hospitals sites in north central London.
Hip and knee replacements are the most well known kinds of planned orthopaedic surgery offered in the NHS, followed by other surgery of hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, feet, ankles and hands. At present, waiting lists are too long, too many operations are cancelled (many on the day) and demand for surgery is growing. This is driving the need for change.
The North London Partners in Health and Care are proposing a new way to organise this kind of care, that would improve services and prepare us for the future.
Their proposals include having two NHS hospitals with dedicated operating theatres and beds, for patients who need to stay overnight after their operation – Chase Farm Hospital and University College London Hospital. Patients will still have a choice of NHS hospitals for outpatient appointments and day surgery. There would also be improvements to education classes, rehabilitation and support for patients with conditions such as dementia or a learning disability.
How you can get involved
We want to know what you think about these proposals. You can have your say via our online survey.
You can also share your views with the North London Partners in Health and Care at an event they are running in Enfield on Saturday 14th March 2020 from 10am – 12pm at Green Towers Community Centre, Edmonton Green. Full information about this event, plus information on how to book can be found on the North London Partners in Care website.
To find out more information, in addition to downloading the consultation document in a variety of alternative languages, visit the North London Partners in Care website.