Friday, November 13th, 2020
By Bernard Ross, CEO and founder, Sky Medical Technology
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to routine hospital services across the UK, with more people than ever on NHS waiting lists for elective surgeries.
In total, the NHS waiting list is now at more than four million people, with more than two million people waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine operations such as knee and hip replacements.
During the first national lockdown, planned procedures such as hip replacements were paused to free up beds. Now, a combination of growing COVID-19 cases and the usual seasonal illnesses means pressure on the NHS is increasing as the backlog grows. But could technology offer a sustainable solution?