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Operations Postponed - Media Enquiry

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Tuesday 25 February 2014

Health and Social Services Department response to Guernsey Press enquiry

Guernsey Press Enquiry:

In regards to our conversation can the department please answer the following questions?

Health & Social Services Department response:

A spokesperson for HSSD said:

"We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the small number of patients who have recently been affected by postponed procedures.

For the last week, the Princess Elizabeth Hospital has been experiencing a high volume of patients for routine surgery and emergency admissions. The demand on beds is therefore high which is also being compounded by a relatively low number of patients who can be safely discharged from care. Admissions, discharges and demand on beds are being carefully monitored. All emergency surgery and treatment will continue. Inconvenience to patients is being minimised as far as practically possible, however, a small number of non-urgent, non-emergency procedures have been postponed. The Department wishes to apologise to anyone affected. All procedures will be re-booked by telephone as soon as possible.

A total of nine procedures have been postponed since Wednesday 19th February -The nature of operations affected varies.  It is normal practice to ensure that every possible opportunity is explored before a patient's procedure is postponed. This therefore may result in relatively short periods of notice before a postponement is confirmed. This is usual practice locally and in the UK.

In addition to the high numbers of patients being referred to hospital for care and treatment, this morning, routine procedures have been put into place in order to minimise the risks of an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting that is currently being investigated on Victoria Wing. This has a direct impact on the admission of new patients to the private patient care ward and therefore the overall capacity of the hospital as a whole. In order to ensure that people are not unnecessarily affected, the admissions team will be contacting patients who are due to be admitted in the next two days in order to postpone their admissions.

More information will be provided as soon as the situation changes."

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