Rise in number of cancelled operations at Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 07 February 2017

A lack of beds at the hospital is placing increasing pressure on staff.

A lack of beds at the hospital is placing increasing pressure on staff.

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The number of people who had their operations cancelled for non-medical reasons by Weston General Hospital has risen, new statistics have revealed.

The latest data from NHS Digital shows more than double the number of operations were cancelled from July to September last year than in the same period in 2015 in Weston-super-Mare.

A total of 31 last-minute cancellations were made by the hospital from July to September last year – which is the most up-to-date data available – compared to 14 the previous year.

For the 2015/16 financial year the hospital cancelled a total of 96 operations for non-clinical reasons. But, for the 2016/17 financial year, it had already cancelled 81 operations by September.

At its worst the hospital had to cancel 50 operations in one quarter – from April to June last year – and five of those patients were then not treated until more than 28 days after their cancellation.

Last year’s junior doctors’ strikes saw many outpatient appointments and operations cancelled so the hospital could cope with demand.

A hospital spokesman told the Mercury the strikes meant it had to cancel elective surgeries and there was an ongoing impact due to having to reschedule treatments.

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