Current Covid19 Situation - An Update
COVID19 UPDATE - January 2021
The period since March 2020 has been a tumultuous time in all our lives, but particularly so for us healthcare professionals – the world is a different place, and the virus behaviour as well as guidance and instruction from Central Government evolving and constantly changing!
We in the medical world have been digesting all the emerging evidence and data emerging from all over the world in order to adjust our practice to keep you as patients and us as Medical Staff safe in the new normal environment.
In the first wave of the pandemic, we stopped performing all but the most essential ENT operations apart from life-saving cancer operations, and this decision coincided in any case with all the Private Hospitals I work at giving all their theatre time over to the NHS in order to maximise the chance of these urgent operations taking place.
We were starting to return to a semblance of normality over the summer and autumn of 2020 in the NHS, but the arrangement with regards to Private Hospital theatres was still largely in place until the end of December 2020. This resulted in a situation where as opposed to my regular weekly private operating lists at a combination of the Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury and One Ashford Hospital, I was only being offered a monthly operating list at One Ashford Hospital only, which only started in September.
In common with all my ENT Colleagues I was and am still therefore unable to offer as timely a service for my private patients awaiting surgery as I would like. I was hoping to be back to nearly full capacity at the beginning of January 2021 when the NHS contract finishes, and when I was to start operating at The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury again regularly too, but as we all now know, these plans may be in jeopardy due to the arrival of the second wave of Covid, and as I write the numbers of patients in Hospital have just surpassed the peak of the first wave.
If you are waiting for an operation under my care as I write, I can only apologise and ask you to keep in touch with my secretarial colleagues at Dover Street Doctors to keep abreast of developments as my surgical service starts to revert back to normal.
Thinking positively, the good news is that a large proportion of ENT issues can be resolved without the need for surgery. With that in mind and with stringent safety measures in place to protect you and me from the risk of contracting Covid, and in a Covid-free Hospital environment, I am still able to see and appropriately treat you as an Outpatient at both One Ashford Hospital and The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury. Those issues that can't be resolved and need surgery will get early priority at either One Ashford or at the Chaucer Hospital in the near future according to your preference.
I suspect as GP Practices and A/E Departments become even more swamped with other more pressing issues during this next period there will be difficulties in accessing ENT advice and treatment, and I am happy to continue to offer this service to you face to face, in the safest possible Covid-free environment.
Please contact my secretary or use the online booking portal on this website to book an appointment with me.
I hope that this will continue to allow me to offer you the best ENT service possible during this period.
Sending my best wishes to you and your family at this challenging time.
(Consultant ENT Surgeon / Rhinologist and Nasal Plastic Surgeon)
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