Sussex Hospital Operations Resume

Operations resume at RSCH

Heart's been told operations have now resumed at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

It's after they were cancelled along with admissions yesterday (21 September) because they had run out of beds due to a 25% increase in patients.

Here's the latest statement from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust's Chief of Clinical Operations, Dr Jo Andrews

"As a result of the efforts of staff at both the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, we made good progress towards getting our bed situation back into balance yesterday. At the County, we safely discharged 95 patients, admitted 72 patients in need of emergency care and saw all people attending A&E within the required four-hour waiting time (excluding three patients who were in A&E longer for medical reasons).

"Non-emergency surgery is being carried out today, but at a reduced level, with some patients who were expecting to come into hospital today having their operations cancelled. Cancelling planned surgery is always a difficult decision, and deeply distressing for patients and their families.  I'm confident that if we can repeat yesterday's efforts today, we will be able to honour our commitments to all our patients."