3 January 2018

We are not cancelling all operations or appointments

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have said they will contact patients direct if their appointment or operation is cancelled as they are not routinely cancelling all non-urgent procedures or appointments despite an increase in emergency patients in recent weeks.

Kirsten Major, Deputy Chief Executive said: “We have seen an increase in emergency patients over the last few weeks and I would like to thank all our staff across our hospitals and community services who are working very hard to provide care as quickly as possible. As well as providing emergency care, our plans include doing everything possible to carry out as much planned care as we can so that patients have limited disruption. We are aware that there has been media coverage today about national recommendations which allow Trusts to defer operations and appointments if necessary but we are reviewing our position several times a day and based on this we have decided not to routinely cancel all non-urgent operations or appointments at this time. We are asking patients who have a planned appointment or operation to attend as planned unless we contact them direct. We have also worked very hard to eliminate mixed sex accommodation over a number of years and so we do not intend to consider placing patients in mixed sex accommodation during this busy period unless it is a matter of clinical safety for that patient at that time.”

If the situation changes there will be information on our website and Facebook site. www.sth.nhs.uk

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