Operations cancelled at Grimsby & Scunthorpe hospitals as NHS faces winter pressure

The Trust in charge of Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals has confirmed it plans to follow national guidance and cancel many non-urgent operations until the end of the month.

In a statement Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust deputy chief executive Richard Sunley said:

“While staff throughout the Trust continue to respond magnificently to an unprecedented number of cases during the busy winter period, NHS England has recommended that hospitals delay planned, non-urgent treatment to help cope with the volume of patients needing urgent and immediate care.

“Following this national guidance, it has been decided that we will delay elective surgery at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, and Scunthorpe General Hospital, with the exception of cancer and clinically urgent cases, until the end of January. Appointments at Goole and District Hospital are not affected.

“We are in the process of reviewing appointments and will contact all affected patients directly to rearrange their treatment where necessary. We would like to apologise to everyone affected." 

Hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are also cancelling some planned operations, with 4 being cancelled across the trust yesterday. They've already scaled back the number of surgical appointments planned over winter.

Jeremy Hunt has apologised to tens of thousands of patients across the country whose operations were cancelled after hospitals reported extraordinary winter pressure.

But he said that "reluctantly" postponing treatment to ease pressures on A&E departments was "better for people".

The comments came after Theresa May denied the health service was in "crisis", saying it was more prepared "than ever before".

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