Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are currently experiencing a high number of attendances to our emergency department and patients might have heard today in the national media that the NHS may need to cancel appointments in order to cope with this emergency pressure.
Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said:
“We are continuing to schedule those patients that are clinically very urgent but we are reviewing this daily, if the current pressure continues, it is possible that we will have to reduce our planned elective work further although clearly we are working to avoid this.
“We will communicate with patients as soon as possible if their planned operation or appointment needs to be cancelled.
“Unless we contact you, patients with planned operations and appointments should attend as normal.
“The hospital continues to be very busy and we want to thank all of our staff and colleagues in the community who continue to work hard to make sure all patients receive the care they need.”