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.
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.