The UK has begun to tentatively end most lockdown measures, the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out at speed, and many are looking forward to returning to a semblance of normality as restrictions are lifted. Yet hospitals are unable to take a breath of relief.
Cases and deaths continue at pace, and The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has warned that the NHS is “under unprecedented pressure”. Hospitals are battling with staff shortages, a growing backlog of patients, and record-breaking numbers of A&E attendees. Another crisis looms. The crisis now facing healthcare is elective backlogs – long waiting lists for surgeries and treatments.
HomeLink Healthcare outlines the ways that this problem can be addressed, and how they are helping, in this case study.