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Wye Valley NHS Trust suspending non-urgent elective operations and changes introduced to outpatient appointments
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 for at least three months from April. WVT has taken the decision to start this work with immediate effect, in line with national guidance, so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.
Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we are contacting everyone affected.
Many outpatient appointments will now take place as telephone appointments/video calls, to lessen the chance of spread of coronavirus to patients and other areas of the hospital.
For patients attending appointments at the hospital, we recommend that you attend on your own. If this is not possible, the Trust is restricting patients to bring only one friend or relative. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed, unless the patient is a child. There may be situations in the clinic setting where your relative/friend is asked to wait outside the clinic room whilst your consultation takes place.
The Trust is contacting patients directly regarding these changes, so there is no need to call the hospital – we will contact you if your appointment or operation has been changed/suspended.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- 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 £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928.