And patients can attend fast-track clinics where they can be diagnosed and given a booked admission
date in a single visit.
Epsom managing director Nick Blofeld, who will be overseeing his first Derby meeting after taking over from Stephen Wallis, reported that anyone who had not yet booked admission
tickets for Derby day would have to use the Hill, and that very few places were left for Oaks day.
As part of the booked admissions programme, preoperative assessment was identified as an essential part of the patient pathway to facilitate booking and effective theatre scheduling and utilisation.
Around this time at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust, preoperative assessment was being increased to cover more specialities in order to facilitate the implementation of the booked admissions programme.
The author would like to thank the other original members of the project development team, without whose drive and enthusiasm this service would not have been realised: Kathy Agrebi, NHS Direct, Regional Head of Business Development North West; Tricia Robinson, Service Delivery Manager, NHS Direct, North West Region; Annette Thorpe, Sister, Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust; Vicky Welsby, Matron, Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust; Joanne Ellis, Former Booked Admissions Programme Manager, Bolton Hospital NHS Trust.
The trust is also failing to meet 13 week maximum waits for outpatient appointments, maximum six month waits for inpatients and booked admissions
. It has until December to reach these targets and Mr Pleydell believes it will be successful.
is another area we will be concentrating on, so outpatients can arrange their appointment on the spot and leave with it then and there," he added.
There will also be booked admissions
so patients know exactly when they are going into hospital.
pounds 320 million to cut NHS waiting lists - including pounds 20million to extend the National Booked Admissions
Programme, so patients and GPs can book hospital appointments and operation dates immediately;
The improvements would include more people receiving specialist treatment at GP surgeries and booked admissions
Under the booked admissions procedure, parents can choose the date of their children's oper-ations - instead of the traditional system where they receive appointment dates.
Jenny Levy, the hospital's booked admissions manager, said: ``Patients and families feel as though they are entering into an agreement with the consultant so they are more likely to attend.