People in England will have to isolate themselves for two weeks before going to the hospital for routine operations

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People hospitalized for surgery in England will have to isolate themselves for two weeks before arrival, according to new NHS rules.

Patients will either have to lock themselves in a room to stay away from their own families for a fortnight, or the whole household will have to isolate themselves from the outside world together.

A COVID-19 test will also be mandatory 72 hours before patients arrive, to demonstrate that they are free from viral disease before proceeding to procedures such as hip replacements or cataracts.

The rule will apply to everyone, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19, and will affect approximately 700,000 patients per month.

The plan was unveiled by NHS England as part of a new direction to get elective care back into operation.

People hospitalized for surgery in England will have to isolate themselves for two weeks before their arrival, in accordance with the new NHS rules.

People hospitalized for surgery in England will have to isolate themselves for two weeks before arrival, according to new NHS rules.

Only one-fifth of routine operations took place during the coronavirus crisis, resulting in a huge backlog of waiting lists.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, said: “Now that we are confident that we have passed the first peak of coronavirus, it is important to bring these services where we can, but only where it can be done safely. The virus is still circulating and we do not want to put our patients, the public or our staff at risk. “

April was the quietest month of all months in A&E, with attendance declining in two months, 900,000 people seeking urgent medical help, official figures said.

April was the quietest month of all A&E across England, according to NHS statistics.

Only 916,581 emergency room visits were recorded in the month when the coronavirus crisis in Britain reached its peak – the first time in records, the number fell to less than a million.

The number of times people have sought emergency help has dropped by more than half in just two months as COVID-19 took over the nation.

People avoid hospitals for fear of adding extra pressure to the NHS or catching the virus while in hospital, doctors say.

Doctors warn that massive behavior change is a “ticking time bomb” that can lead to the death or death of more people in the near future because they have avoided treatment when they needed it.

There are also fears that people with cancer will fall victim to the overdue crisis, as urgent referrals for treatment have dropped 8% from last year.

NHS England, which released the figures, said the falls were “probably the result of the COVID-19 response” – an indication that people have moved away from A&E services due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The number of people admitted to hospital beds by A&E also fell sharply last month, down 39% from 535,226 in April 2019 to 326,581 in April 2020.

This is the lowest number reported for a calendar month since the start of the current records.

The new orientation also indicates that people who attend A&E will have to practice social distance and stay 2 meters from others.

It comes after experts estimate that more than eight million people will be on waiting lists for NHS surgery by the fall due to treatment delays caused by the crisis.

Last August, there were a record 4.41 million patients in England on the waiting lists for routine operations, an increase of 250,000 from the same month a year earlier.

But that number is expected to more than double due to backlogs triggered by the epidemic, according to the chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank.

When officials realized that the coronavirus was spreading uncontrollably in the UK, they urged hospitals to cancel as many surgeries as possible and abandon patients in their services to make room for an increase in the number of COVID patients -19.

The move was successful and hospitals were not overwhelmed by the effects of the virus, but hundreds of thousands of patients were delayed as a result.

Nigel Edwards, CEO of Nuffield Trust, said hospitals can only perform 15-20% of elective procedures, which means that up to 1.3 million patients are missing each month.

Even after the NHS is brought back into service after the crisis, social distancing, a lack of PPE and new cleaning regimes will still slow health services, said Edwards.

“It is very likely that we will have doubled the waiting list to over eight million by the end of the fall,” with a out of eight people awaiting treatment.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the House of Commons Health and Social Services Committee, Edwards said: “Between 1.5 and 1.7 million people a month begin a new journey of care , or at least they did it before March.

“We can already see in the March data that the number of patients who start new paths or who are referred has dropped very significantly.

“Of course, this will no longer be the case in April and May. Various hospitals that I talked about say they were able to do 15, maybe 20% of their elective work.

“So the calculations are absolutely brutal. This means between 1.2 and 1.3 million people each month, who you expect to start a journey, who have not yet been referred… it seems very likely that we will have doubled the waiting list to more eight million by the end of fall. . ‘

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