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Covid-19 and private healthcare 

25/03/2020
The Covid crisis is having a dramatic impact on all areas of life. The impact is understandably being most felt within healthcare. During this time of unprecedented pressure on our health system, many independent hospitals, NHS Private Patient Units and consultants are already actively supporting the NHS in delivering front-line care to patients directly affected by the Covid-19 virus.

In turn this will also have an impact on the majority of patients due to undergo private medical treatment over the next few months, with many operations likely to be cancelled or moved. This will be particularly concerning for patients due to undergo major surgery or urgent treatment.

If you are concerned about any treatment or consultations you have booked, we advise you to speak with the hospital directly. Most hospitals have published advice on their websites and have administrative staff on hand to provide the latest information.

In terms of PHIN’s work, we have relaxed the requirements on consultants and hospitals to provide information to PHIN for the time being. This will help them to focus their energies on supporting the NHS during this crucial time.

PHIN and NHS Digital have also taken the decision to extend the consultation period on the next phase of the ADAPt data alignment programme until 22 May 2020, allowing all interested stakeholders additional time to respond.
 
The team at PHIN will continue to work closely with hospitals and consultants to understand how the current situation is impacting them and provide assistance where we can. 

 

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