BIRMINGHAM'S Queen Elizabeth Hospital has cancelled all planned procedures after a "significant" rise in very sick patients.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) said the hospital had seen a sharp rise in Covid and non-Covid emergency cases.Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has cancelled all planned proceduresCredit: Google Earth
UHB said the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield had also been forced to postpone gynaecology procedures.
All non-emergency surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital scheduled up until the end of November will have to be rearranged but the trust said this would be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
In a statement, UHB said: "All planned procedures at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham have been postponed due the significant increase in the number of very sick patients (Covid and non-Covid) admitted to our hospitals as an emergency.
"Gynaecology procedures at Good Hope Hospital have also been paused.
"This is an extremely difficult decision and has not been taken lightly."
The statement continued: "We know that affected patients will be distressed and upset with this decision, and for this we can only apologise.
"However, we must ensure that all those needing urgent care are able to access treatment safely.
"Cancer treatment and life-saving care will remain our priority. All patients affected by this announcement will be contacted individually to rearrange their postponed surgery."
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