Martin Barkley, Chief Executive, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“The increasing number of Covid positive inpatients we are seeing is placing significant pressure on both beds and our staff and we are managing our response to this by working through our phased plans to increase capacity.
“As part of this work we have made the decision to postpone some of our elective surgery. However, all cancer and urgent surgery is still going ahead as are outpatient appointments and diagnostic testing, such as scans.
“We very much regret the impact this will undoubtedly have on some of our patients. We can assure our community that we have done everything we possibly can to avoid having to reduce services. I am hugely grateful to our staff for their extraordinary hard work in very difficult circumstances.
“I would like to ask the public for their support during these demanding times. Following Government guidance will not just help prevent more people become sick with Covid; it will also help to support the NHS so we can protect our services for non-Covid patients too. So please remember: hands, face, space.”