Suspension of non-urgent elective operations
Rob Aitchison, Chief Operating Officer of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible when the number of infections peaks.
“We also need to free up our staff now to undertake extra training to care for patients with severe respiratory problems.
“We have therefore decided to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from now for at least three months. Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal.
“We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected.
“This is ahead of the national guidance of 15 April, but we need to prepare ourselves now, to ensure we can give the best possible care to patients as demand intensifies.”