Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry's University Hospital: Planned surgery and clinics cancelled

All planned surgery and outpatient clinics were cancelled at a Coventry hospital because of a "high amount of very sick patients".

The cancellations at University Hospital on Wednesday - which did not include cancer surgery - were due to continue Thursday morning.

The hospital trust said patients would be contacted if their appointments or surgery were taking place.

The hospital said it was under a "considerable amount of pressure".

More than 500 people were seen in A&E on Tuesday, said University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, and "dozens waited more than four hours".

Andy Hardy, the trust's chief executive officer, said: "Since midnight many others have waited longer than four hours and at 10:00 we had more than 60 in the department."

Walk-in blood tests in the outpatient department were also stopped on Tuesday.

The public was asked to consider alternatives to going to A&E.

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