RJAH suspending routine surgery to support regional covid response

Release Date: 11/01/2021

RJAH suspending routine surgery to support regional covid response

The NHS is currently under more pressure than at any stage in the pandemic so far.
In order to meet rising demand, all NHS regions are implementing plans to immediately stand up more critical care beds. That includes here in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
This work is being led by our partners at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), but with support from other providers including ourselves at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH).
Here at RJAH, we have a number of staff trained and experienced in providing acute and critical care – and we are asking them to go and work at SaTH until at least the end of the month.
As a result, we have – with immediate effect – taken the difficult decision to pause all planned routine surgery until Sunday 14 February to enable this to happen.
Much of our work will still carry on as it has in recent weeks. This includes:

  • Outpatient clinics (where we have available staff)

  • Diagnostic clinics

  • Bone cancer services

  • Spinal emergency services

  • Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries

  • General medicine (Sheldon Ward)

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive, said: “We do not take lightly the decision to suspend some of our services, but we must respond to the difficult situation the NHS currently finds itself in as covid-19 cases continue to soar.
“We are retaining as much of our regular activity as we can. Patients who are impacted by the measures we are putting in place today will be contacted directly.

“If you do not hear from us, then we would ask that you attend your appointment as planned.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and ask that you understand the need to take these measures.
“We also ask everyone to stick to the rules in place during the current lockdown, which – along with the onoing rollout of the covid vaccine – will help us to get this virus under tighter control."

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