Operations postponed again at JR until next week

Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital NNL-150710-123011001
Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital NNL-150710-123011001

Non-urgent operations for adults have been postponed again at the John Radcliffe Hospital until next week – but surgeries at the Horton General are not affected.

The certain operations were postponed on Monday and Tuesday at both hospitals due to pressures on A&E with services back to normal yesterday.

But Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust director of clinical services Paul Brennan says the surgeries have to be postponed again until Tuesday at the JR.

“The trust very much regrets that although we were able to go back to business as usual in our trust yesterday, the trust has today had to take the very difficult decision to once again postpone non urgent adult operations due to take place at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Thursday, March 15, through to and including Monday, March 19,” he said.

“All patients affected will be contacted. This is not a decision we take lightly and I would like to apologise to patients directly affected.

“We know how disappointing this news will be to them. We will seek to rearrange operations as soon as we are able.

“Outpatient and diagnostic appointments, urgent and cancer surgery are unaffected.

“Please note the cancellations are restricted to the John Radcliffe Hospital and therefore do not apply to the Churchill Hospital or Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and day case activity can continue at the Horton General Hospital.

“As always, people should only attend a hospital emergency department in an emergency.

“If in doubt use the ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app from Oxfordshire CCG to locate your nearest health provider.

“I would like to thank all staff who are working so hard to provide care for our patients under difficult circumstances at the moment.”