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NHS Kernow’s website closed on 30 June 2022. Visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board website for information about our health and care services.

Planned care programme

Planned care is also known as elective care. It is the provision of services with planned appointments or interventions in a place like a GP surgery or hospital.
Planned care can be an outpatient appointment or surgical procedure. It covers medical procedures such as joint replacements and cataract surgery. It also includes tests to detect diseases and medical conditions.

Some planned care procedures are done as day cases. This is when a patient leaves hospital on the day of their procedure. Some patients might have to stay in hospital overnight or for longer.

People that need planned care start with a visit to a health professional like a GP. They will discuss options and decide if a referral to another service is needed. This might include deciding if a patient needs a diagnostic test such as a scan or x-ray.

Planned care may take place on an urgent or routine basis, but not as an emergency.

Planned care covers a lot of specialities, these include:

  • audiology
  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • ear, nose, and throat
  • gynaecology
  • ophthalmology
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • trauma and orthopaedics
  • therapies
  • urology

Planned care team purpose

The team is responsible for commissioning planned care services in your area.

The team:

  • work closely with care providers and GPs
  • speak to people that live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

By talking to all these people, we can understand what services need to be like. We also plan how providers can deliver services in a cost-effective way.

We work with our providers to monitor and improve the Department of Health and Social Care constitutional standards.

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