Our hospitals continue to carry out Outpatient appointments and have resumed routine diagnostic work, surgeries and treatments.
Our waiting lists have been clinically reviewed to ensure patients are seen in priority order and we continue to monitor these lists. This may mean you wait longer for your care, but we will be in touch as soon as possible with details of your appointment.
We are working on a number of different projects to increase capacity across our hospital departments.
We are introducing new pathways in order to support prioritisation of appropriate clinical elective care. For example, Patient Initiated Follow Up (PIFU) and video or telephone consultations instead of face to face appointments. If it is suitable for you to move into this type of pathway, your clinician will agree this with you as the best way forward.
Hospital waiting times & Information about your treatment (My Planned Care):
NHS England has developed an online platform called ‘My Planned Care’. This website gives advice and support while you wait and helps you to prepare for your hospital consultation, treatment, or surgery (excluding cancer treatment), for all acute hospitals across England and will be expanded over time to include Community and Mental Health hospitals.
If you are waiting for a hospital appointment, a procedure or treatment, you can access the platform to see average waiting times as well as helpful advice and support whilst you wait. The information is updated weekly and anyone can access it, including your carer, friends, relatives and the NHS team caring for you.
You don’t need to ring your GP, or the hospital caring for you for an update on waiting times as all of the information will be available on the My Planned Care website.
The link to our hospital pages on My Planned Care can be found here: https://www.myplannedcare.nhs.uk/east/bedford/