152 operations cancelled at Shropshire hospitals in just one month

More than 150 operations were cancelled at Shropshire's two main hospitals in a single month, it was revealed today.


In January, 152 operations were cancelled at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal Hospital.


The operations were cancelled on the day of surgery for non-medical reasons.


It comes as a surgeon working at the two hospitals voiced fears that staff were struggling to cope with the amount of patients being admitted. Mark Cheetham, colorectal and general surgeon at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, took to Twitter to voice his frustration at the number of cancelled operations.


He said: “Hospital full with patients admitted as emergencies. Planned surgery cancelled. Very frustrating. Haven’t done a day list for three months now. “Really struggling with routine operations at the moment.”


Today Debbie Kadum, chief operating officer at the trust, apologised for the cancelled operations.


She said: “In recent weeks we have seen an increase in the number of emergency admissions, with an increase in the number of patients who need support with their discharge from hospital. “Regrettably, this has meant many non-urgent operations have been cancelled to give priority to emergency admissions. We would like to apologise to anyone whose planned operation has been cancelled.”


Mr Cheetham said: “I know it can be frustrating for patients when their operations are cancelled and we would like to say sorry to them for that. “We are currently working with our partners in health and social care to look at the system and make sure we have the necessary capacity to manage the kind of demand we are currently seeing.”


Hospital bosses said measures being taken to improve the situation included ensuring medically fit patients were discharged quickly, and encouraging people to only call 999 in serious situations.



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