The NHS has launched a new online platform that will match patients who need treatment with hospitals that have available capacity. This is part of the NHS’s efforts to reduce the long waiting lists that have built up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The platform, called the NHS Hospital Matching Tool, is designed to be easy to use. Patients who are willing to travel can upload their details to the platform, and they will then be matched with hospitals that have available capacity for their treatment. Patients will have the final say on which hospital they want to go to.
The NHS Hospital Matching Tool is currently being used for patients who need a hospital admission, but it will soon be expanded to include cancer, diagnostic checks, and outpatient appointments.
The NHS says that the platform is a “key tool” in its efforts to reduce waiting times and improve patient care. It is expected to help the NHS to eliminate all 65-week waits by April 2024.
The launch of the NHS Hospital Matching Tool is a welcome development. It is a creative and innovative way to help patients get the treatment they need faster. The platform is also a sign of the NHS’s commitment to improving patient care.
In addition to the NHS Hospital Matching Tool, the NHS is also taking other steps to reduce waiting times. These include increasing the number of elective surgeries being performed, expanding the use of community care, and recruiting more healthcare staff.
The NHS is facing a number of challenges, but it is committed to providing high-quality care to patients. The launch of the NHS Hospital Matching Tool is a positive step in the right direction.