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Hospital calls off non-urgent surgery for Queen's funeral

Hospital calls off non-urgent surgery for Queen's funeral

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Hospital calls off non-urgent surgery for Queen's funeral

Wednesday 14 September 2022


The Queen's funeral has led all non-urgent surgery and hospital appointments scheduled for Monday to be pushed back.

Postponed operations and appointments will all be rebooked "as soon as possible", while urgent operations "are still due to go ahead", the Health Department confirmed this afternoon.

The Department said that the decision to postpone some operations and appointments was due to the bank holiday agreed by States Members to allow islanders to observe the State Funeral of Her Majesty. 

"As part of the arrangements we have had to consider that many HCS staff will have childcare commitments as the schools are closed," the Department said.

It later added: "Due to the unique nature of the Bank Holiday, and the reason for it, we are trying to offer an arrangement which means that urgent patients receive what they need, while providing some flexibility to our staff who will now cover part of the day and also respects the reason why Monday is a Bank Holiday.

"We have begun contacting affected patients to inform them of the change to their appointments."

The Department did not share how many appointments and surgeries have been affected by the decision - Express has asked for these figures and is awaiting a response. It follows numerous cancellations in recent weeks due to struggles to discharge fit patients into the community.

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Pictured: The Health Department is yet to confirm how many patients have been affected by the decision.

Recognising that "Monday may be a difficult day for some people who use mental health services", the Health Department also announced that it would be providing an "enhanced weekend service" with community mental health staff operating a "duty system for immediate issues as well as for crisis provision. Service users are being contacted individually so they are aware of the support available."

It was also confirmed that the hospital pharmacy will be open to the public between 10:00 and 13:30 on Monday.

The Health Department added: "All colleagues who are working in HCS across the Bank Holiday are thanked, as are patients for their co-operation."

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