Community Healthcare Solutions were contracted to deliver a minimum contract, consisting of 300 cataract patients to help with the waiting list issues. We provided a full turnkey solution utilising own staff, equipment, and consumables, but utilised their spare theatre capacity within their Health Board premises. Following a period of planning with the medical director, lead clinicians and hospital managers, we formulated an inclusion and exclusion plan and risk stratified the waiting list appropriately.
We provided all staff, consumables, and infrastructure (other than premises) to safely deliver high volume cataract surgery. CHEC carried the ultimate responsibility for patient safety but were assisted by the Cym Taf staff including management and ward nursing support, as and when required.
In 14 days, CHEC undertook 313 cataract surgeries, following 346 preassessments. Our safety profile showed a PCR rate of less than 1% with only GA patients excluded from the waiting list.