Nearly 6 million UK patients are on surgical waiting lists as of October 2021. This is the highest number since NHS began keeping records in 2007 and it is expected to increase substantially due to continued disruptions caused by COVID-19.
patients await care in the UK
More than a third of patients needing an elective procedure are waiting 18 weeks or longer from their referral. By contrast, 92% should have been treated already by this time, according to NHS standards.
Average waiting time for a procedure
Delayed and unequal access to timely treatment can lead to deterioration of the patient’s condition. It can also have a negative psychological and social impact, possibly requiring more intensive and expensive care with poorer outcomes.
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Day case surgery - Our solution to reduce waiting list and increase bed capacity.
One way hospitals can address these issues is by moving more elective procedures to day cases, as opposed to using an inpatient pathway. The day case approach has been shown to provide equivalent or better quality and safety of care along with these benefits:
The Day Case Surgery solution
Transitioning from inpatient to day case is challenging as implementation could require the redesign of models of care involving new processes and protocols. This could be especially difficult in the midst of COVID-19.
Our solution helps hospitals accelerate the implementation of day case surgery in a programmed approach that includes these three elements:
Pathways and protocols:
Includes generic and therapy-specific day case pathways and perioperative protocols developed with (and endorsed by) the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS).
Uses our Get Ready® solution to operationalise protocols and embed them in daily practices, as well as enable more effective pre-operative preparation, post-operative discharge, remote monitoring, and outcome data collection.
Change management support:
Supports clinical teams in converting from inpatient activity to day case and to drive operating theatre efficiency improvement where needed.
Our standardised pathways are available across a range of specialties, including:
St. Antonius, Netherlands:
Freed up 10 clinical ward beds.
Freed up five clinical ward beds with an average of €500 cost-savings per case.
Hospital in the UK:
Reduced cancellations by 94%.
Hospital in the Netherlands:
Enabled the handling of two additional cases per day.