Coventry & Warwickshire

Operations postponed at hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire

A number of operations are being postponed at hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire due to increased admissions and the winter vomiting bug.

University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire said it was cancelling some non-urgent operations due to increased patient demand.

It has postponed about 100 non-urgent operations over a month.

Warwick Hospital re-arranged 13 routine operations and 191 outpatient appointments for the week of 15 April.

Professor Ian Philp, medical director for the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said the problem was also hitting other hospitals across the West Midlands and nationally.

'More elderly patients'

He said norovirus had been "twice as bad" as last year, and there had been "more people turning up at A&E than ever before".

Professor Philp also said that more people were being admitted with long-term serious medical conditions.

In February, University Hospital Coventry cancelled non-emergency operations and outpatient appointments due to the "significant winter pressures".

Speaking about the latest cancellations, the hospital's chief operating officer David Eltringham said that patients were being admitted with "more complex" conditions and that there were more elderly patients at the hospital.

"In a week, we probably do somewhere in the order of 500 operations, which is a relatively small number in terms of the work that we do," he said.

"But obviously for those patients who are affected by that, that's quite a big deal and it's a big decision for us to decide to take those operations down."

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