Staff praised for efforts to deal with winter pressures

Staff at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) have been praised for their ‘tremendous efforts’ to deal with winter pressures.

The Trust Board today recognised the efforts of all staff from nurses and doctors, cleaners and porters to medical secretaries all working hard to keep services running.

Dr Peter Reading, Chief Executive, said: “Our staff are working under immense pressure and are facing increased admissions via our emergency departments and rising levels of staff sickness. Everyone is pulling together and working extra shifts to ensure our patients continue to receive the treatment they need.”

Despite the challenges facing the Trust’s recent A&E performance data puts NLaG in the top 35 Trust’s in the country for December. In order to sustain this the Trust Board took the decision today to postpone non-urgent operation and appointments at Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals.

This decision was taken in consultation with local Clinical Commissioning Groups and the regional winter office for NHS Improvement and NHS England.

The national emergency pressures panel wrote to all Trust’s earlier in the month to recommend that non-urgent operations and some routine appointments be postponed to allow the NHS to focus on those patients needing urgent and immediate treatment. The Trust board have decided to extend this by a further three weeks.

Dr Reading explained: “In light of the unprecedented pressures our hospitals continue to face we have taken the decision to postpone planned operations and routine appointments for the next three weeks.

“All cancer operations will go ahead as planned and clinicians are reviewing our waiting lists to ensure that time-critical cases are seen and treated as soon as possible.”

“This decision was not taken lightly and I would like to apologise to any patients who are affected by this delay. We will be re-booking appointments as soon as possible.”

“Our staff continue to work incredibly hard to ensure patients are seen and treated as quickly as possible and we hope that this decision will ease the immense pressure they are continuing to face. “

Patients affected will be contacted by the Trust directly. Anyone who does not hear from the Trust should attend their appointment as planned.

The national emergency pressures panel has asked Trust’s to now plan for a return to full activity. NLaG is working towards re-instating full activity starting the week commencing February 16.

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