The NHS both locally in Buckinghamshire and nationally is experiencing huge challenges with the number of COVID-19 positive patients requiring treatment in our hospitals. Almost 50% of the Trust beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
In order to cope with this increased demand, along with the need to maintain other services as much as possible, Buckinghamshire Health NHS Trust has made a number of temporary changes.
- Postponement or delay of non-urgent operations/procedures and outpatient appointments
- Community therapists are working with their hospital colleagues to support patients to return home as quickly as it is medically safe to do so. Therefore, this has meant a suspension of our outpatient adult community therapy services
- The Community Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS) based at Marlow, Thame and Amersham Hospitals has been temporarily relocated to the medical day unit in Wycombe Hospital and is closed to new referrals.
The Trust continues to offer the following services, including:
- Urgent, planned operations.
- The emergency department (A&E) remains open to anyone who needs emergency and life-saving care. However, if you need care in a situation that is not life-threatening, please use the 111 First phone and online service.
- Diagnostics. It is extremely important that all patients continue to attend any diagnostic or screening appointments they receive. Also, infection prevention and control protocols are in place to ensure these services can continue safely.
- Breast screening. The service is extremely keen to ensure those called for screening attend appointments and reminds their patients that early detection saves lives.
- Radiology (x-rays and CT scans). A temporary CT scanning facility has been installed at Amersham Hospital in addition to those in our radiology departments at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe Hospital.
- Endoscopy. It is important that patients invited for gastroenterology or endoscopy screening procedures attend their appointments. Full guidelines and information will be provided for patients along with their appointment letter.
- Blood tests. All blood tests must be pre-booked online to ensure a smooth flow of patients through the service. This will reduce the need to wait at peak times. Also, provide a better experience for patients and staff. Details for the online booking service are available on the website.
- Sexual health services remain open by appointment at both our Wycombe Hospital site and at the Brookside clinic in Aylesbury.
- Cancer and haematology treatment. Also with infection prevention and control protocols in place to protect our vulnerable patients.
- Maternity services. Specific infection, prevention and control measures are in place. Please see our birth choices website for more information. However, Wycombe Birth Centre will remain closed for births during the pandemic however we continue to offer outpatient services.
- The Rapid Response and Intermediate Care Service are urgently responding to patients who are at high risk of hospital admission. This is to enable them to remain at home.
- Cataract surgery.