A hospital has been forced to temporarily pause non-critical inpatient surgery due to a “growing number of coronavirus patients.”
Derriford Hospital in Plymouth said that they “need to ensure we can keep everyone safe,” and affected patients have been contacted directly.
Chief operating officer Kevin Baber said, “We appreciate how difficult it is for a patient to have their surgery cancelled and apologise for the distress and inconvenience this causes.”
He added, “We have to ensure patients who have suspected or confirmed Covid are safely cared for away from those patients without Covid. This involves reconfiguring our wards to ensure everyone remains safe.
“We will be looking to resume planned inpatient surgery as soon as possible.”
The hospital’s A&E department will stay open, but only for people who really need it.