As cases of the novel virus continue to rise across the capital and reports of a new virulent strain, NHS Trusts are struggling with the increased demand of coronavirus patients. And now, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has been forced to cancel planned operations.
Dr Elizabeth Aitken, Chief Medical Officer at the Trust, said: ‘’Our staff are very busy at present caring for a high number of inpatients, including those with Covid-19.
“We need to ensure we are in a position to provide safe and effective care for those patients most in need.
“We understand how disappointing and frustrating it is to have your surgery cancelled, and we apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused.
“We are working closely with the South East London Critical Care Network to manage a rise in admissions.
“Covid inpatient numbers are still below the first wave in April, but they are on the rise, so everyone should continue to follow the national guidance to limit the spread of the virus – wash hands regularly, wear a face mask unless exempt and observe social distancing.”
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