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Day case procedures postponed as demand continues

03 January 2018

 

The James Paget University Hospital continues to face high demand from patients attending our A&E department, which remains extremely busy.

This sustained pressure is affecting hospitals both regionally and nationally, which have seen a substantial increase in pressure following the Christmas and New Year break.

In response to this, all acute hospitals including the James Paget, have received national guidance on measures that should be implemented to deal with the current situation.

As a result, all non-urgent elective operations and day case procedures have been postponed for the rest of the week. However, emergency and cancer surgery will continue as planned.

Patients affected are currently being informed and will have their procedures re-scheduled in due course. Any patient due to attend hospital that does not hear from the hospital should attend as planned.

This decision has not been taken lightly – and we would like to apologise to those patients affected for any disruption or inconvenience caused.

However, in the light of the sustained pressure we are facing, this course of action is unavoidable as we have to prioritise patients who need urgent and emergency care.

We continue to urge people not to use A&E unless it is a genuine emergency. For minor conditions, GPs, Pharmacies and the NHS 111 service will be able to assist or to signpost to the most appropriate service.