As cases of coronavirus have risen, our clinicians have flexed up the number of areas providing COVID care at The James Cook University Hospital while maintaining separate pathways to keep patients receiving non-COVID related care safe.
As part of our phased clinically-led response, on Monday and Tuesday of this week (2 and 3 November) we paused some non-urgent adult inpatient operations in order to continue safely increasing isolated ward areas providing care to COVID patients.
This short pause affected 17 patients who were all contacted and will have their procedures re-scheduled.
Our amazing staff are working hard to make sure that the rise in COVID cases which we have seen leads to as little disruption for patients as possible and helped to deliver more than 2,600 operations for patients in October.
Our message to patients is that the NHS is there for you. We can all play our part in keeping ourselves and everyone else safe by remembering: hands, face, space