Cancelled operations reach record high at Norfolk hospital

Hundreds of operations were cancelled in the last three months of 2016 at Norfolk and Suffolk hospit

Hundreds of operations were cancelled in the last three months of 2016 at Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire - Credit: PA

More patients than ever are having their operations cancelled at some of the region's hospitals in yet another sign of the winter pressures affecting the NHS.

According to figures published on Friday by NHS England, the number of cancelled elective operations at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston between October 1 and December 31 was the highest on recent record.

Some 162 patients awaiting operations such as hip replacements, cataracts or hernias, had the work cancelled at short notice for non-clinical reasons by the hospital.

The figure reached its second highest number at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, where 103 operations were cancelled.

However, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has seen some improvements. After a spike of 581 cancelled operations for the first three months of 2016, the number has fallen to 300 in the latest figures.

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West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds showed a rise compared with the same time last year, while Ipswich Hospital's figures were also the highest in recent history.

The number of cancelled elective operations tends to peak over the winter months, in quarters three and four.

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Nationally, 21,249 elective operations were reported to have been cancelled in the latest quarter - up 15pc on the previous third quarter.

It comes after figures leaked to the BBC this week indicated record numbers of patients more than four hours in A&E units in England last month.•Have you had an operation cancelled? Email our reporter or call 01603 772439.

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