Operations cancelled at Stamford & Peterborough hospitals as NHS faces winter pressure

The trust in charge of Stamford & Peterborough hospitals says it'll take the advice of NHS England and postpone some non-urgent operations.

In a statement Stephen Graves, Chief Executive at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Following the recommendations from NHS England to try and reduce emergency pressures at our hospitals, we are doing everything we can to ensure that our sickest patients are provided with great quality care, quickly, during this time.

“Our staff have been under huge pressure at Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford Hospital and have gone above and beyond the call of duty and pulled together to support each other.

“Unfortunately the current pressures that we are experiencing in our hospitals have resulted in the need to cancel some non-urgent elective operations, in line with national recommendations, to ensure that we have the beds available for emergency care.

We are contacting those affected to ensure that they are aware well in advance. We really appreciate the support that we have received and would like to
thank the public for their understanding during what has been an incredibly busy period."

Jeremy Hunt has apologised to tens of thousands of patients across the country whose operations were cancelled after hospitals reported extraordinary winter pressure.

But he said that "reluctantly" postponing treatment to ease pressures on A&E departments was "better for people".

The comments came after Theresa May denied the health service was in "crisis", saying it was more prepared "than ever before".

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