Northampton General Hospital thanks staff as non-urgent surgery resumes normal service

A&E at Northampton General Hospital
A&E at Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital said it has not cancelled any non-urgent operations today, the first time that has happened this week.

A spokesman warned that NGH “continues to face significant pressure” from the high number of patients coming into its A&E department.

But he added: “However, we have not had to cancel any further non-urgent operations today, and do not envisage having to cancel any for Friday. All urgent elective operations have continued to take place.

“We would like to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication over recent days in what have been very difficult and demanding circumstances.

“We would also like to thank the public for their support and understanding this week, and we apologise again to anyone who experienced delays or cancellations, which we have tried our utmost to avoid.

“People living in Northampton and the surrounding area are asked to consider whether or not they need to come to A&E or if they should first seek advice from their pharmacist, GP or by telephoning 111.”

Anyone attending A&E with a non-urgent problem may be referred back to their GP or will face a much longer wait for treatment as patients are being prioritised according to their clinical need.