11 January 2018

Impact of winter pressures on your appointment/operation - update

We declared a business continuity incident on the morning of 3 January in response to the exceptional post-Christmas pressures on our services following an increase in respiratory and frail elderly attendances and admissions. This has coincided with an increase in confirmed cases of flu and sicker patients requiring admission to our hospitals. This incident was stepped down on 8 January.

Thank you to the extraordinarily hard work of staff we have continued to provide safe care to our patients.

We had already significantly reduced the number of routine operations planned over the coming weeks as part of our winter plan. NHS England last week asked all hospitals (including NUH) to consider cancelling additional outpatient and routine operations for the remainder of January to alleviate the current pressures on emergency services.

NUH has reviewed these recommendations and has taken the decision to cancel more activity where there is a clear benefit to patients of freeing up clinical staff and beds where this will make a difference to restoring flow, capacity and supporting discharge across our emergency pathway. Approximately 100 non-urgent operations, 500 outpatient appointments and 40 daycase procedures have been cancelled to date. We apologise to those patients who are affected and will be in touch to rearrange their surgery and appointments at the earliest opportunity. We have not cancelled any cancer or urgent operations.

We will be reviewing non-urgent activity up to 48 hours ahead each day for the remainder of the month, only cancelling activity where we need to and where such decisions relieve the pressure on our busy emergency pathway.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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