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New partnership to ease Orthopaedic care waiting lists in Guernsey

Orthopaedic treatments account for more than 25% of planned surgery in in Guernsey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey’s government has set up a partnership with a UK healthcare company to reduce waiting time for orthopaedic care.

The deal with Ramsey Health UK means that 60 people will be offered the opportunity to take their treatment at New Hall Hospital in Salisbury.

In total, almost 200 patients requiring operations like hip replacements or surgery on broken wrists or ankles have already been offered treatment in the UK rather than waiting to be treated on-island.

Of that number, 54 people have been treated at hospitals in Peterborough, Southampton and Jersey.

Orthopaedic treatments account for more than a quarter of planned surgery in in Guernsey. As of the end of September 2019, more than 400 people were still on waiting lists.

The planned cost for 2019 is projected to be £1.1 million.

193
Patients offered treatment off-island
410
People on orthopaedic waiting lists as of 30 September 2019

The Committee for Health and Social Care says it has seen an increase in demand due to an ageing population, but a more sustainable solution is required.

Many patients have waited longer than they should have to, and for those who are still waiting, we are sorry. HSC is working hard with all of its partners to respond to these issues and we thank all those involved for their work.

The allocation of additional funding in 2019 and hopefully 2020 has been, and will be, beneficial in enabling the Committee to work with providers to address the immediate challenges.However whilst HSC is extremely grateful for the additional short term investment it does not address the underlying challenge associated with increased demand.

– Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care