The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted both NHS and private medical care across the UK. For a short while, only emergency life-saving and urgent cancer operations were being carried out. The incidence of COVID in the community has now improved, and hospitals have carefully restarted planned elective surgical procedures. The Oxford Manor Hospital has been maintained as a COVID free Hub where both NHS and private operations are carried out with very low risks of contracting COVID. There is still some risk to patients and healthcare workers of contracting COVID-19. Mr Soonawalla would therefore suggest that your out-patient consultation is carried out remotely, unless necessary.
The decision about whether to proceed with surgery will depend on your individual risks related to COVID, that presently appear to be low, balanced against the risks of prolonged delay to your medical condition. Mr Soonawalla will consider these issues and discuss them with you. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the decision for surgery, please feel free to raise them.
Once a decision has been made to proceed with surgery, there are several precautions that you need to take to minimise your risks.
We wish you well during this difficult period.