Innovative new treatments to be routinely available on NHS

Following the NHS 70th birthday celebrations, the NHS has announced plans to provide a host of new treatments that will now be routinely available for thousands of patients on the NHS.

Under the plans, hundreds of patients each year are expected to benefit from left atrial appendage occlusion, a procedure which reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), who cannot take blood thinning medication. NHS England believe that 400 patients will be treated in the first year, with over 1,000 patients treated each year by year five.

Additionally, treatments for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) will now be available immediately in named hospitals across England, allowing children who were previously unable to walk to become mobile and independent. The treatments aims to relieve tight and stiff muscles for cerebral palsy sufferers, particularly in children, which can cause movement and balance problems.

Amongst other treatments set to be made available are a surgical procedure to relieve the intense pain of chronic pancreatitis, two new cutting edge treatments to be introduced for patients with haemophilia, three cancer treatments, a new treatment for osteoporosis in men and a new treatment to restore sight.

Stephen Powis, Medical Director for NHS England, said: “This is fantastic news for patients and their families. The new treatments that will be available on the NHS are the kind of innovations that the National Health Service has been delivering for the last 70 years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”

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