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Planned surgery at Derriford Hospital: message for our patients and the public from our Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Baber

Kevin Baber

Due to a growing number of COVID patients and a need to ensure we can keep everyone safe we continue to temporarily pause non-critical inpatient surgery at Derriford Hospital. Any patients affected have been contacted directly. If you haven't heard from the hospital, please follow the instructions on your letter and attend as planned.

Please note that surgery for patients attending the hospital as day cases, without needing an overnight stay, is still going ahead for most patients, as is the NHS surgery we are carrying out by using facilities at other local hospitals such as the Plymouth Nuffield Hospital and the Practice Plus Group Hospital (formerly known as the Peninsula Treatment Centre) to carry out operations and procedures such as hip and knee replacements.

We appreciate how difficult it is for a patient to have their surgery cancelled and apologise for the distress and inconvenience this causes. It is always a difficult decision to make but safety is our priority.  We have to ensure patients who have suspected or confirmed COVID are safely cared for away from those patients without COVID. This involves reconfiguring our wards to ensure everyone remains safe.

We will be looking to resume planned inpatient surgery as soon as possible. Our aim over the coming days is to reduce the number of patients in our hospital (overall occupancy) as we need extra space and staff during this pandemic to care for different groups of patients: those with COVID, those who need urgent operations and those who are medically unwell.

We remain open for emergencies and we continue to operate as the region’s Major Trauma Centre. We ask only those people who really need to attend our Emergency Department to come as emergencies, dialling 999 or attending in person. Those people who need urgent care are asked to call NHS 111 so they can be directed to the right service for them.


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