On 13 January 2020, a consultation which asks for people’s views on the future of planned orthopaedic surgery for adults in north central London was launched.
(This consultation applies to patients who currently use services based at the Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm, North Middlesex Hospital, UCLH and The Whittington and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.)
Hip and knee replacements are the best-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 at 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 consultation in north central London asks for views on a new way to organise these services at these hospitals, which, if approved would result in the creation of 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, a choice of NHS hospitals for those needing day surgery and a choice of NHS hospitals for outpatient appointments.
There would also be improvements to education classes, rehabilitation and support for patients with conditions such as dementia or a learning disability.
You can give your feedback on the proposals in a number of ways, including the online questionnaire and attending an event. The consultation can also be contacted by calling 0808 1567192, or emailing: NLP_ORTH@participate.uk.com.
A consultation document and summary has been published to explain the proposals in full, which is available at: www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/orth_consultation