Coronavirus: Operating theatres at Bridlington Hospital shut and staff moved to Scarborough

Operating theatres at Bridlington Hospital have been shut and staff have been moved to Scarborough as part of the NHS's fight against coronavirus.

By Sarah Fitton
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 3:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 3:12 pm

Planned surgeries at Bridlington Hospital have been postponed and workers redeployed to Scarborough Hospital.

A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: "As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that we have as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks.

“Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from April 15 for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas.

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Bridlington Hospital. Picture: JPI Media/ Paul Atkinson

“On this basis, planned surgery at Bridlington has been temporarily postponed in line with national guidance and our staff have been redeployed to support clinical care at Scarborough Hospital where we are providing acute care.

“Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible.”