I was pleased to read that a Healthport is planned for a location near Ipswich. They are provided by a private operator (Vanguard Healthcare) to NHS standards and are designed to provide day surgery. They are placed at a GP surgery and can be built in six weeks. The Healthport can bring in mobile surgery units with specialist facilities if required and these just dock onto the Healthport.
I think that this scheme will provide a better service to people who have a significant travelling time to hospital and help reducing waiting lists. A higher rate of patient throughput is achieved because units can concentrate on a single operation in a purpose built unit.
Did I mention that waiting lists are down? Again! Figures released yesterday showed that in November 2004 the waiting list stood at 844,000 - a fall of 13,000 since October and the lowest since records began in September 1987.