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Transaction wait times can be reduced by using a website that aims to beat the postcode lottery

Tired of waiting months for an operation? New website aims to beat the postcode lottery by showing other nearby hospitals where patients can have surgery

  • Some Brits suffer up to three times longer for hip and hernia surgeries simply because of where they live
  • Data compiled by Health Compare shows how long patients will wait, on average, for a particular surgery at their local hospital, then lists others nearby, including private clinics, with shorter queues
  • Health Compare chief executive Andrew Burgess said the site enables NHS patients to make informed choices, as they have the legal right to choose which hospital they are referred to for treatment – anywhere in the country

A new website aims to beat the postcode lottery Britons endure while waiting for operations – some suffering up to three times longer for hip and hernia surgeries simply because of where they live .

Data compiled by Health Compare shows how long patients will wait, on average, for a particular surgery at their local hospital, then lists others nearby, including private clinics, with shorter queues.

Health Compare chief executive Andrew Burgess claimed the site allows NHS patients to make informed choices because they have the legal right to choose which hospital they are referred to for treatment – and that can be anywhere in the country.

He added: “Exercising their rights could mean patients could possibly be treated months earlier.”

A new website aims to beat the postcode lottery Britons endure while waiting for operations – some suffering up to three times longer for hip and hernia surgeries simply because of where they live . (file picture)

National data from Health Compare revealed that people in West Sussex face delays of eight months for hernia surgery, compared to two and a half months in South Yorkshire. It even highlights the fact that North Londoners wait twice as long as South Londoners for hip replacement surgery.

The site, which is free, claims to offer a more accurate prediction of waiting times than the figures on the NHS website – which are usually two months out of date – because it brings together information from multiple sources, including the dog. health care, quality of care. Commission.

Users enter the treatment they need, their zip code and the distance they are willing to travel on the website. It then generates a list of hospitals offering the procedure, along with wait times, how they are rated for quality of care, and the number of canceled operations.

NHS patients also have the right to change hospitals if they have waited longer than 18 weeks for an appointment with a consultant.

One patient who reduced his waiting time was Dominic Moss, a 58-year-old barrister from Cheshire who needed a hip replacement. The father-of-four had to wait at least three months at his local hospital, but after researching online he found that the one in St Leonards-on-Sea, 250 miles away in East Sussex, had shorter waiting times.

He then got a referral from his GP and had surgery the following month.

He said: “If more people knew they could get their surgery done faster elsewhere in the country, I’m sure a lot of people would.”

www.healthcompare.co.uk

Data compiled by Health Compare shows how long patients will wait, on average, for a particular surgery at their local hospital, then lists others nearby, including private clinics, with shorter queues.  (file picture)

Data compiled by Health Compare shows how long patients will wait, on average, for a particular surgery at their local hospital, then lists others nearby, including private clinics, with shorter queues. (file picture)

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