Understanding NHS Waiting Times
You may have read and heard about the unprecedented pressures on the NHS currently across many parts of the country in the wake of the pandemic. You might even be experiencing it.
Waiting times and the number of people waiting for imaging scans have hit new records. The NHS is working tirelessly to continue providing comprehensive health services to all but current pressures are extreme.
For non-urgent, consultant-led treatments, the NHS typically has a maximum waiting time of 18 weeks from the day of booking an appointment or receipt of a referral letter.
However, these waiting times may vary based on the urgency of the case, the specific treatment, and the hospital.
But imagine a scenario where Jane, a 55-year-old woman, suspects she might be developing osteoporosis. Rather than enduring a potential 18-week wait to begin her journey to recovery, she contacts DexaStrong.
In no time, Jane is speaking to a consultant, has had her bone density scan, and is equipped with a treatment plan suited to her needs. Furthermore, the DexaStrong team communicates her situation and treatment options to her NHS GP, ensuring she receives continuous, quality care.
DexaStrong, a new high-end private clinic in Leeds now offers a solution to those waiting for services related to bone & muscle health such as osteopenia, osteoporosis and sarcopenia.
Quality Care with Reduced Waiting Times
A DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan, also known as a bone density scan, is a common diagnostic procedure offered by the NHS. It uses low-dose X-rays to assess the density or strength of a patient’s bones, often used to diagnose or assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Although they use a tiny amount of radiation, DEXA scans are considered very safe with the amount of radiation used being similar to the amount of radiation used in a common X-ray.
Private clinics such as ours, specialising in bone and muscle health, offer a solution to long waiting times currently being seen for scans and appointments with bone density specialists in the NHS.
With state-of-the-art DEXA technology, our clinic provides bone density scans which are recognised as the “gold standard” in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. At DexaStrong, we also offer appointments with consultants who specialise in the treatment of bone conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis so we can help patients learn about different treatment options and either opt to have private treatment or be referred for continued NHS care.
At DexaStrong, patient choice is paramount. Our clinic offers flexible appointment times and extremely short waiting times, ensuring patients receive quality service in a timely manner. Patients can book their own appointments and can refer themselves, without the need for a GP.
The team at the clinic links with the patient’s NHS GP to ensure continuity of care.
This approach significantly reduces the waiting times compared to the NHS, providing patients with quicker access to crucial diagnostic services and treatments.
Pioneering Imaging and Diagnostic Services
At DexaStrong, our expert team specialises in discussing an array of treatment pathways for diverse bone conditions, which include osteoporosis and arthritis among others.
Armed with the most up-to-date medical tests and diagnostic procedures, our dedicated medical professionals are adept at evaluating the risks associated with osteoporosis, bone loss, and future fractures. We also present a comprehensive variety of treatment options, covering osteoporosis and arthritis treatments.
Redefining Bone and Muscle Healthcare Standards
With a keen commitment to patient care, our state-of-the-art facilities, and a devoted team, DexaStrong is ushering in a new era in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and bone density loss.
Our aim is not merely to adhere to the existing standards in bone and muscle health, but to redefine them, transforming the way we approach these critical healthcare areas.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a DEXA scan can support your journey towards stronger bone and muscle health, contact our friendly team today.