Changes to operations and appointments in relation to coronavirus
NHS services are under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure we have as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks.
As a consequence, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from 15 April for at least three months.
We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried. Time-critical procedures will be going ahead. If we are cancelling your operation then we will be in touch with you.
Many of our patients are wondering if they should turn up for appointments, especially those who are vulnerable and may feel they need to self-isolate at home to protect themselves.
In order to keep our patients and our staff safe we have made the decision to cancel all non-urgent outpatient appointments. In some instances, our teams will be able to offer an alternative to coming in for an appointment, for example a telephone consultation. The Trust will confirm with you if that is possible for your particular appointment.
If you have symptoms of a new, continuous cough and high temperature, you should not come into our hospital sites but instead self-isolate at home. The latest health advice can be found at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus