Reference 2018-53

REF:         2018-53  

Subject:     Operations, day cases, and outpatient appointments cancelled  




This is a request under the freedom of information act. I’m trying to establish the extent of disruptions to elective care from cancelled operations and other appointments as part of a response to this winter’s pressures.

The National Emergency Preparedness Panel warned on 22 December that non-urgent operations should be cancelled, with a further update on 2 January advising that “day case and outpatient procedures”  should also be put on hold to preserve emergency care.

Could the trust please provide the following details about cancellations for non-clinical reasons, and last minute (on the scheduled day of arrival at hospital or later) non-clinical cancellations.

  December 2016/17 January 2016/17 December 2017/18 January 2017/18
Operations cancelled by the trust        
Operations cancelled by the trust at the last minute        
Day  cases (excluding operations) cancelled by the trust        
Day cases (excluding operations) cancelled by the trust at the last minute        
Outpatient / clinic appointments cancelled by the trust        
Outpatient / clinic appointments cancelled at the last minute        
Total cancellations        
How many  of the total cancellations were given a new date within 28 days?        




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