As you are aware, our local hospitals are working extremely hard responding to the pandemic and they remain under significant pressure.
They continue to provide urgent care for all patients but have had to make some very difficult decisions about delaying non-emergency operations, outpatient appointments and investigations. These changes have been made in order to keep the sickest patients safe and to provide care for those requiring an admission – with or without COVID-19.
- Paediatric and maternity services are open and emergency surgery continues.
- All non-urgent face-to-face adult outpatient appointments have been converted to virtual appointments.
- Referrals remain open and patients are carefully triaged according to risk before being placed on waiting lists. This means that some patients will need to wait longer for their assessments and treatments and the hospitals are not yet able to give a clear idea of how long patients might have to wait.
Our hospitals recognise this is both very frustrating and disappointing for patients, but it will take time to bring all services back to the levels they were before the pandemic.