A particular surgical outpatient clinic enabled 162 outpatients to obtain a session at Queen’s Hospital.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust launched the clinic to try to reduce ready occasions attributable to the pandemic.
The sufferers seen to on Saturday May 15 had varied signs together with haemorrhoids, bleeding from the underside, and pilonidal sinuses.
Haemorrhoid sufferers acquired injections and banding with follow-up appointments organized. Other sufferers have been both discharged again to their GP or put onto ready lists for an operation.
Five consultants and 5 registrars labored on the day and have been in a position to see everybody. This has helped reduce the backlog, with solely two sufferers not attending.
Consultant surgeon Veeranna Shatkar and speciality supervisor for normal surgical procedure, vascular and breast, Patricia Murphy, led the clinic.
Ms Murphy stated: “One of our sufferers was a 103-year-old girl. Her son, who got here to the appointment along with her, instructed me he was impressed with how effectively we operated the day from the second they entered our hospital to his mom’s appointment.
“This undertaking wouldn’t have been so successful with out the laborious work of the workers concerned, together with the guide surgeons, the nursing group, the admin group, and our fantastic volunteers.”
Two additional clinics have now been deliberate for June.
Jacqui Czarnocki, outpatient transformation programme lead, stated: “This initiative is an efficient instance of us specializing in our sufferers and guaranteeing we used our capability to see sufferers successfully.
“Reducing backlogs of outpatient appointments is an important a part of our restoration from the Covid-19 pandemic and tasks corresponding to this clinic play an enormous position.”