Jan 3, 2018
Hospitals to delay non-urgent operations
Officials also told hospitals to delay routine outpatient appointments to concentrate on emergency care. NHS England also gave hospitals the green light to put patients in mixed sex wards. The NHS is always under great pressure in the New Year - with some patients holding off over the festive season before going into A&E. Hospitals have planned intensively for the higher anticipated demand over winter. Dr Richard Fawcett, whose Twitter profile lists him as a consultant at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, apologised via Twitter for "Third world conditions" in his hospital department. There are four major hospitals served by the ambulance service and GP and 999 calls are being redirected away from the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, County Down to the other three major hospitals, which are currently operating normally.
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