Changes to services at Western Sussex Hospitals

Friday March 20, 2020

St Richard’s Hospital | Worthing Hospital | Southlands Hospital

Friday 20 March, 2020

 

Non-urgent Planned Surgery

In line with national guidance, non-urgent, planned operations will be postponed at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from today onwards.

This will provide extra staff and equipment to meet the demands of Coronavirus care. Urgent, emergency and cancer surgery will continue as normal.

Our teams are contacting the patients who will be affected by these changes. Operations that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as the demands on our hospitals allow.

 

Diagnostic Procedures

All non-urgent diagnostic procedures are being postponed from today. This is to allow extra clinical capacity for Coronavirus care.

Our teams are contacting the patients who will be affected by these changes. Diagnostic procedures that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as the demands on the hospital allow.

 

Outpatient Appointments

We are continuing to provide outpatient appointments, but our teams are exploring alternatives to patients visiting the hospitals – including telephone appointments and virtual clinics.

If an alternative is not suitable, outpatient appointments may be postponed. We will be contacting relevant patients about these possible changes in the coming days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to address the current clinical need in our communities.

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