Message from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust re elective work
Following some of the best treatment times for our elective work in recent months, we have made the difficult decision to pause some of our non-urgent elective work in order to protect capacity for patients requiring urgent and cancer surgery. The majority of this change will be felt across orthopaedic inpatient surgery but will also at time impact other specialties. We continue to utilise private sector capacity for some of our orthopaedic elective work and will review our decision at regular intervals.
We have had to take this decision as we see demand for emergency care rise, alongside the additional pressures of COVID-19. Testing and then assigning patients to the right zone of the trust means daily zoning and re zoning of areas according to COVID-19 status of patients.
We know this will have some impact on our restoration and recovery plans but priority currently is to ensure we can deliver as much routine elective activity as possible across a range of services while ensuring we treat our most urgent patients and manage COVID-19 demand. If we continue to see an increase in COVID-19 patients requiring admission we may need to extend the breadth of services impacted to accommodate this increase safely. As always patient safety will drive our decision making.
We know some patients may contact you to find out why their procedure may have been postponed and hope you will find this update useful. We will continue to keep you updated as our situation evolves.
If you have any queries, please contact the treating surgeon.