Figures released recently by the Patients Association showed that there had been a significant increase in waiting times for some operations in NHS hospitals in 2011 compared with the figures for the previous year.
However, figures for Care UK treatment centres showed that their waiting times have continued to remain lower than national averages. The figures covered a range of planned NHS operations including hip and knee replacements and cataracts:
National average Care UK average
Hip replacements 93.8 74.3
Knee replacements 99.2 73.5
Cataract operations 65.9 63.7
Dr Mark Hunt, Care UK’s managing director of healthcare which carries out the procedures at a number of NHS treatment centres in England said: “We are pleased to be bucking the trend and keeping waiting times down as much as possible.
We are able to achieve these lower times because we have a very efficient ‘one stop shop’ system where patients see the doctor and nurse and have any diagnostics done on the same day before the appointment for their operation or procedure is made.”
He continued: “We are also very fortunate in that we only deal with elective surgery so we do not have the problem of having to cancel operations because of emergencies.”
Dr Hunt added: “Care UKtreatment centres have never had a case of the hospital acquired superbug MRSA and our complication and re-admission rates are very low. This, plus the fact that people are actively choosing us after seeing the Dr Foster coverage last year, shows how the independent sector can work well with the NHS to deliver a great deal for patients.”
Patients have a right to choose where they want their NHS operations carried out – contrary to popular belief they aren’t restricted to their local hospital. Anyone who wants to consider a Care UK treatment centre for a planned operation should discuss it with their GP. Further information about Care UK’s seven treatment centres can be found via www.careuk.com.