We do not need to tell you that the whole World is going through very difficult and un-precedented times.
The UK Healthcare System is going to be under massive pressure over the coming weeks and months.
One of the big issues that is challenging the Government and our Health Services is that, while huge focus will be on looking after the small percentage who will develop serious disease from Covid-19, other people will still get the normal problems and illnesses of life.
And of course, this includes back and spinal problems, which in the current environment may seem unimportant to many, but will significantly pain & disable some people over this time causing additional anxiety and stress.
For the time being therefore, Sussex Spine Solutions remains open and available to help.
Obviously, we place a huge degree of importance on looking after the health of our patients, our own staff and the staff of the hospitals we work in. And, clearly, in these times we will have to modify & regularly update our practices according to the situation & Government guidelines.
To this end, we have negotiated with most major private health insurers, and they have agreed to accept and cover remote consultations, whether by phone, or visual means such as video link.
These remote consultations will be offered for all private Consultations with us from Wednesday 18thMarch
Patients consulting Mr Cass via remote (telephone or video) link must understand that no physical examination will be possible and that there will be no immediate access to imaging / investigations (except in specific circumstances). As a result of these limitations Mr Cass may not be able to confirm a suspected diagnosis or recommend any treatment in some cases. However we are usually still able to arrange imaging at either The Montefiore Hospital or The Brighton Nuffield Hospital if Mr Cass feels it is warranted
Mr Cass will be able to discuss any concerns with the patient at the time of the remote consultation and whether further investigation such as imaging or a face-to-face review are warranted urgently, so that the patient can make an informed decision about whether it would be safer to defer a face-to-face consultation until such time as the risks relating to Covid-19 reach an acceptable level for the patient. Mr Cass will also ask the patient during the remote consultation about whether they or anyone they have been in contact with has displayed Covid-19 symptoms, to help him plan for any necessary face-to-face consultations appropriately.”
Currently we are now able to offer surgical intervention for some cases, subject to approval from the local NHS Senate.
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We will then arrange a remote screening Consultation by telephone or video link.
If the case is such that it is felt that a physical examination is essential then, guidelines allowing, a clinic consultation will be arranged.
Most spinal conditions do not require surgery, just correct diagnosis, advice and treatment.
Finally & most importantly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you & your families well for the coming months and encourage you to stay positive, be kind to yourselves and support one another.
Sussex Spine Solutions