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Non-urgent elective orthopaedic operations suspended

Fri, 27 Nov 2020

Non-urgent surgery will be suspended at Noble's Hospital from today.

It follows a surge in the number of daily admissions through the Emergency Department.

Non-urgent elective orthopaedic operations at Noble’s will be temporarily suspended to create needed additional bed capacity and allow staff to be deployed where the need is greatest.

Emergencies will be dealt with as normal, and day cases, clinics and minor injuries will continue to be dealt with by the Orthopaedic team.

Minister for Health and Social Care David Ashford said: ‘It is very regrettable that we have had to cancel some elective operations and I understand patients’ frustration, especially those who have been waiting some time. We do have to act now though, to ensure we are well prepared to treat seriously ill patients whose treatment cannot wait. Our winter planning exercise was drawn up for this situation, which is compounded by the backlog of cases left by the pandemic, and pressures on the UK system.’


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