Patient initiated follow-up, (PIFU), is one of the considerations laid out in the outpatient’s transformation requirements 2022/23 Operational Planning Guidance and an integral part of the NHS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping providers and systems manage waiting lists and to prioritise patients in the most need as quickly as possible.
Our teams from our Family Practice Group and Communitas Clinics were pleased to meet recently with Ian Trenholm and Elspeth Buchanan from the Care Quality Commission who visited to learn about our experiences during the pandemic, including any issues past and current.
Covid-19 is known to affect the sense of smell in over 60 per cent of those who have had it. For some, it can become a long-term problem.
Recently an 18-year-old student at Dulwich College used rough drawings by a specialist consultant as the starting point for a screen allowing nasendoscopy examinations to take place safely for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This short video shows the finished product.
We have recently started operating in Barking, Havering and Redbridge again, successfully mobilising our new intermediate Ear Nose and Throat service in just under two months.