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Non-emergency clinical activity cancelled15:00 13/02/2013
University Hospital, Coventry is cancelling some non-emergency operations and outpatient appointments for the next 72 hours due to significant winter pressures.
The decision was taken today (Tuesday 12 February) after the hospital experienced high levels of demand from patients with complex conditions. These types of patient require specialist treatment resulting in lengthy stays before they are well enough to be discharged. During the past few days hospital teams have been working round the clock to free up beds whilst also ensuring patients are safely discharged.
Chief Operating Officer, David Eltringham said: "Winter is always a challenging time for the health service and we are well prepared for these peaks in demand. Our contingency plans are in place to make sure that we can deal with situations just like this one.”
"The Trust is working closely with local Clinical Commissioning Groups, GPs and West Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure that emergencies continue to be prioritised and receive the urgent care they need."
The Trust has been contacting patients who may be affected and is encouraging people due for surgery this week to call the number provided in their patient letter to find out whether their operation has been postponed. Updates will also be available on University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust website: www.uhcw.nhs.uk.
David Eltringham went on to say: “Often people go to an Emergency Department when they could be seen and treated elsewhere, for example by their GP or a walk-in health centre. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust would encourage the public to follow the advice of the Choose Well campaign which includes choosing pharmacies and NHS Direct if you need to get treatment or advice about minor ailments such as colds, coughs, sore throats, indigestion, minor cuts and bruises.
“Attending A&E or calling 999 should be used in a critical or life-threatening situations. If you aren’t sure and need help or advice call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.”