All non-urgent operations cancelled at Doncaster and Worksop hospitals due to coronavirus

Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals are cancelling all routine appointments and non-essential operations, they have announced this afternoon.

By David Kessen
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 3:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 3:31 pm

It will apply to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, and the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, and will be done gradually, but with all suspended by mid April

Bosses will still make sure then can see patients who need to be seen on an urgent and face-to-face basis.

As part of plans, the trust will start to look at virtual appointments and alternative arrangements.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals are stopping non essential operations

Tim Noble, medical director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: "Our services will come under significant pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to make sure that we have as many beds available as possible in order that we can care for patients with severe respiratory problems.

"Every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent and elective operations at the latest by April 15 for at least three months. We will be maintaining urgent and emergency care cases and cancer treatments.

"We are starting to scale down non-urgent and elective operations and outpatient appointments this week and next. We are doing this in a managed way to ensure we make safe, clinically led decisions and communicate well with patients through this process. We will also be moving to telephone and video outpatients wherever possible, whilst maintaining some capacity for urgent face to face appointments.

"We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible."