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Press release – March 2
Non-urgent planned surgery postponed due to the weather
Wye Valley NHS Trust has today taken a further decision to postpone non-urgent planned surgery due to take place on Monday, March 5.
The decision has been taken due to the ongoing weather conditions, which is affecting some staff being able to get to work and patients having difficulty attending their appointments.
Jon Barnes, chief operating officer at the Trust, said: "Due to the continued heavy snow we have had to postpone non-urgent surgery planned to take place on Monday March 5. We wish to apologise for the inconvenience caused to patients and their families.
"Our staff members are making every effort to get to work and we have the help of the 4x4 voluntary services. However, our priority is to continue to provide urgent and emergency care for patients, which is why we’ve had to postpone this non-urgent surgery.
"We are contacting patients if their surgery has been postponed to let them know, so if you have not been contacted please still attend as planned.
“Our A&E department is very busy and we are also reminding people to contact their GP practice during opening hours or use 111 or go to a local pharmacy if they are unwell but it’s not an emergency.”
“The Trust would like to thank staff members for their dedication and support during this difficult period and the 4x4 transport volunteers, who are giving their time generously to help the Trust ensure that patients continue to receive a high level of care”.
Note to editors:
Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond.
The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
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