Principal investigator Professor Omar Faiz of Imperial College said: “The nationwide reduction of 15% in ‘high risk’ emergency surgical admissions is concerning given the severity of the conditions included in this study.”
He said that since the first wave, measures had been put in place to try to ensure that more surgeries could take place safely, but that more needed to be done to ensure that patients were not deterred from go to hospital in case of emergency.
“In any future wave of a pandemic, emergency patients must be encouraged to go to the hospital and we must ensure that the planned surgery can continue to mitigate the secondary damage associated with delays in treatment,” he said. he declares.
During the lockdown, the government urged the public to ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’.
The post was meant to ensure people followed lockdown advice, but dissuaded people with urgent needs from going to hospital for fear of catching coronavirus or being a burden on the health service. Meanwhile, thousands of planned treatments have been regularly put on hold, in an effort to make enough room for coronavirus patients and reduce the risk of infection.
In October, the NHS launched a campaign – Help Us Help You – urging patients to come forward and seek help when they need urgent care.
Figures previously showed that admissions for seven deadly conditions unrelated to the coronavirus between March and June fell by more than 173,000 from the previous year.
There were almost 137,000 fewer cancer admissions during the period.
Earlier data for England shows there were almost 6,000 fewer heart attack admissions in March and April compared to the previous year. Earlier this week, a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research warned that England could see 12,000 more preventable heart attacks and strokes over the next five years due to Covid-19 disruptions in health services. routine health.