At the Royal Bolton Hospital we are cancelling all routine inpatient operations and procedures, and routine day cases that use inpatient beds, from 15th January to 31st January inclusive, and trauma and orthopaedic operations until 5th February.
We are currently working through the lists to see if some patients can be brought in as day cases instead of staying overnight.
This does not affect children’s surgery, cancers or other clinically urgent operations.
Patients should assume their surgery is going ahead unless told otherwise – we are contacting all those affected.
We planned well before Christmas not to carry out any routine operations in the first two weeks of January, which has helped us to manage pressure to a certain extent. As a result, and by opening an additional ward as planned, in total we had an additional 70 beds for medical patients for the first two weeks of the year.
Since then, guidance from the National Emergency Pressures Panel has recommended that we, along with all other hospitals, make extra provision for the sickest patients.
Andy Ennis, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m very sorry that we have to postpone some operations as I understand the anxiety that this can cause. However we need to do everything we can at this busy time in order to meet the needs of our sickest patients.
We will aim to book patients back in at the earliest possible date”
The hospital still has a high number of inpatients with flu which is affecting our bed capacity.