Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has taken the decision to reschedule some routine day surgery, elective procedures and outpatient appointments following a significant increase in patients being admitted with Covid19.
All urgent and emergency surgery continues as normal.
Chief Operating Officer Teresa Cope said: “We’ve seen a sudden and dramatic increase in patients with Covid-19 who need to be admitted to our hospitals over the past fortnight and it’s continuing to climb, reflecting the high numbers of people in the city currently being diagnosed with the virus.
“It has become increasingly clear that if we are to have the capacity and staff to care for these patients, we have to reschedule our other work.
“We know this will impact on patients and we are really sorry that we are having to do this. We are deeply sorry to every person affected by this decision. We assure them that we will seek to restart all of our services as soon as possible.
“Thank you for bearing with us through these difficult times, the toughest any of us have ever experienced in the NHS.”
If your appointment is within the next seven days and is to be rescheduled or changed to a telephone consultation, you will receive a telephone call from the Patient Admin team and a follow-up letter.
If your appointment is seven days or more from now, you will receive a letter if your appointment is to be rescheduled or changed to a telephone consultation.
Some patients will still be required to attend to continue treatment so, if you do not receive a letter or a phone call, please turn up for your appointment as normal.
[Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust]