The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has reported that parts of the NHS in Devon will receive a share of £11.3 million from the new National Accelerator Systems Programme, to help reduce waiting times for certain types of operations.

This is welcome news at a time where there are a record number of patients waiting for routine operations, due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Specifically, there are plans to increase the number of orthopaedic operations by using operating theatres at the former Nightingale Hospital in Exeter and create a purpose-built modular ophthalmology unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, to increase capacity for eye operations.

Our hope is that this extra boost will lead to those patients who have been waiting for the longest, or those most in need, will now be offered prompt treatment.

Patients can often wait for months or even years for an operation date. We are all too aware of the effects delayed treatment can have on someone’s life and how important early treatment is to a patient’s overall recovery.

For further details on how the extra funding is being utilised, please see the full news article here.