Statement on non-urgent elective surgery

Release Date: 18/03/2020

Statement on non-urgent elective surgery

Yesterday, Sir Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of the NHS, wrote to NHS Trusts advising them for the need to postpone all non-urgent elective operations for a period of at least three months. Below is a statement from our Acting Chief Executive, Stacey Keegan:

“As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks. 

“Therefore, 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, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.  

“We will be stopping all non-emergency elective activity with effect from tomorrow (Friday 20 March).

“Urgent and emergency cases, spinal surgery and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible.”


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