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“Surgical teams could carry out more ops if they stopped wasting two hours a day”

NHS hospitals could carry out 280,000 more non-emergency operations a year by organising operating theatre schedules better, a new study suggests.

The research, which looked at data from 2016, found more than two hours was wasted each day on the average operating list.

The study says avoidable factors like late starts led to the loss of time.

The analysis, seen by the BBC ahead of publication, looked at theatres in 100 NHS Trusts in England.

A total of 1.64 million routine surgical procedures were carried out in 2016, including eye, ear, nose and throat operations and orthopaedic procedures.

Waiting times for routine operations are going up and there is an ongoing debate over whether more money is needed for the NHS or whether it could be more efficient.

The report, by regulator NHS Improvement, says planning lists more effectively and reducing late starts and early finishes would have made a big difference.

Working hard to eliminate last minute cancellations by better pre-op planning enabled one hospital to significantly improve its performance.

Read more at BBC.

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