Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Hospitals defer routine ops due to NHS pressure

Hospitals defer routine ops due to NHS pressure

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister Theresa May both defended the NEPP's recommended measures, which also include staffing additional inpatient beds and placing consultants at the front door of A&E units to assess whether patients really are emergency cases.

Patients across the United Kingdom have had to cancel non-urgent treatments until the end of the month according to NHS England.

The Hospital announced at 5pm yesterday that patients should only attend in a genuine emergency, with the Hospital opening "an unprecedented number of escalation beds in order to provide care for acutely unwell patients".

The chief executive of the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has said that due to the huge pressure that staff are facing, they are having to delay non-urgent elective operations.

She said: "The NHS has been better prepared for this winter than ever before".

In November, 77.7 per cent of patients at Peterborough City Hospital's Emergency Department were being treated inside four hours.

NHS England hopes that taking these measures will allow senior hospital doctors to focus on more patients in A&E, be available for phone advice for Global Positioning System and ensure that patients in hospitals are reviewed twice each day to help timely discharges.

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Hunt also thanked NHS staff for their "heroic" effort for working "beyond the call of duty".

"We have to look again at NHS funding, which remains well below what other comparable European countries spend on healthcare, to ensure the NHS has the staff and the capacity needed to deal with the pressures it faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months".

That is why we are making these further recommendations today. As part of our winter plan we schedule fewer non-urgent and non-cancer operations so we are able to prioritise emergency patients.

The trust will instead contact patients directly if their appointment or operation is cancelled.

Speaking to Sky News, he said postponing operations was "absolutely not what I want".

The NHS Trust which runs Scarborough Hospital says A and E is extremely busy. The SAM represents doctors who care for patients admitted to hospital as medical emergencies but who do not need surgery. We are asking local people to use the service carefully so it can best support those who need it most - for example, people with serious injuries, chest pain or significant blood loss.

She called for people to cancel appointments in "good time".

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