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Non-urgent operations suspended in Sussex as Omicron cases rise

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    January 11, 2022 9:39 PM PST

    Non-urgent operations suspended in Sussex as Omicron cases rise



    A Sussex hospital trust is postponing non-emergency operations and redeploying staff amid a rise in the number of admissions from Covid-19.


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    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust says it is facing "significant, ongoing pressure".


    Delays in discharging well patients are "unprecedented", with a lack of capacity across NHS and social care services, the trust says.


    It comes as hospitals in Sussex see a rise in staff absences due to Omicron.


    A trust spokesman said: "There have also been rising numbers of patients with Covid in beds across our four acute hospitals, including those in critical care."


    The trust runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and Sussex Eye Hospital, all in Brighton, as well as the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath, St Richard's in Chichester, Southlands in Shoreham, and Worthing Hospital.


    It said it would be introducing a range of measures, including postponing less urgent clinical work and redeploying staff to support essential services.


    Some planned procedures are being postponed in order to make space for patients needing urgent care.


    Dr Maggie Davies, chief nurse at University Hospitals Sussex, said: "Unfortunately, this does mean postponing some non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments to accommodate those patients with the most urgent clinical need.


    "We will continue to prioritise cancer and our other most urgent operations and appointments and are in the process of contacting those patients whose appointments are being postponed.