NHS Ayrshire & Arran Postpone Elective Surgey

The following is a press release from NHS Ayrshire & Arran dated 12th January 2021.

Elective Surgery

NHS Ayrshire & Arran continues to work to ensure we have the right resources, equipment and staffing in place to best meet the needs of our patients during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

However, as a result of the sustained rise in COVID-19 cases, we have had to take the decision to postpone elective surgery in all our acute hospitals.

Dr Crawford McGuffie explains: “This phase of the pandemic is having the greatest impact on our communities in terms of positive cases, numbers admitted to hospital and sadly deaths. This is placing great strain on every aspect of the system.

“To ensure that we are able to provide care to the most urgent cases, emergency surgery will still go ahead, and where possible, planned cancer surgeries will also take place.

“Our clinical staff will liaise closely with patients who are impacted and we very much appreciate the understanding of members of the public in these challenging times.”

Where emergency and planned cancer surgeries do take place, these are being assessed and scheduled by senior clinicians on a case-by-case basis. Some procedures may go ahead in a different location to that which was previously planned.

Dr McGuffie adds: “Patients should be reassured that their safety is our number one priority and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that any risk as a result of exposure to COVID-19 is minimised.

“I would like to thank the public for their continued support at this time.”

It is important that we remember the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19): new persistent cough; high temperature; and / or loss of taste and smell. Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Following this advice and FACTS guidance is now more important than ever.

  • F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)
  • A – Avoid crowded places.
  • C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.
  • T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.
  • S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.