Non-emergency operations suspended at Harrogate District Hospital to free up beds during coronavirus outbreak
In line with NHS and government guidelines nationally, Harrogate District Hospital has suspended all non-emergency operations from April 15 for at least three months, to free up beds during the coronavirus outbreak.
This is a measure being implemented by all hospitals in England. Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Harrogate and District 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 to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks.
“Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from 15 April for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.
“Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible."