Next steps for NHS Scotland
NHS Scotland will begin resuming some services that have been suspended, delayed or deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19), whilst continuing to protect emergency, urgent and maternity care.
‘Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland’ sets out how Health Boards will follow national and local clinical advice to safely and gradually prioritise the resumption of some paused services. Health boards will introduce these plans while maintaining COVID-19 capacity and resilience and providing appropriate support for social care.
The Interim Chief Medical Officer and National Clinical Director have provided an initial outline on what services could be prioritised in the next phase of Health Board mobilisation planning. These include:
- cancer services, especially referrals and postponed treatmentsexpanding treatments for non-cancer
- urgent inpatients and outpatients
- outpatient therapies where delay will increase the risk to patients, such as management of macular degeneration, paediatrics and respiratory services
- mental health support
- treatment room services such as blood monitoring and B12 injections
Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland
Sets out how health boards will safely and incrementally prioritise the resumption of some paused services, while maintaining COVID-19 capacity and resilience.
Details: Scottish Government News