A hospital in London is planning to offer “in-home” surgery for anyone who wants it, with doctors and nurses on hand to provide care.
Blessing University Hospital in Wokingham, north London, said on its website that patients will be able to visit the hospital’s in-patient surgery centre for in-hospital treatment.
“If you’re interested in a procedure, we’ll be in touch,” it said.
“If it’s an urgent medical need, we can organise for you to come in on a Tuesday morning.”
The move comes as the NHS struggles to meet demand for inpatient surgeries, which account for one in three surgeries in England.
In December, NHS England revealed that the number of people seeking urgent surgery rose by 1.5% in the first quarter of this year, a third of a percentage point higher than in the previous quarter.
Dr Robert Hargreaves, senior consultant surgeon at the hospital, told the BBC that hospitals were looking to improve their efficiency and provide better care.
“We are trying to get more patients into the NHS and it is something that we have to do,” he said.
“But it is not something that has to be a huge scale.
We have to be able and willing to do it.”
Dr Hargretons comments come after the NHS announced it had been forced to change its rules to prevent patients needing urgent surgery.
This came after the Government announced plans to cap the number that could access free NHS care at 60,000 a year.