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Theresa May apologises to NHS patients amid crisis

The Prime Minister has apologised to NHS patients facing delays to their operations as staff cope with extreme pressure on services this winter.

Theresa May spoke to the media on a visit to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. So far 16 NHS trusts have been put on the highest alert level in the busiest festive period on record.

In our region, it's believed hundreds of operations have been delayed across several NHS Trusts.

Some of the NHS Trusts that have announced operation delays and cancellations include:

  • Hampshire
  • Oxford University Hospitals
  • Dorset County
  • Surrey + Sussex
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Isle of Wight

The Prime Minister previously said she was "frustrated" at the cancellations, after it was announced thousands of non-emergency operations must be postponed until February 2018.

Only operations for life-threatening conditions will go ahead, including cancer or transplant related procedures.

Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust praised her staff's response to the pressure, despite announcing cancellations.

Meanwhile, further reports of queuing ambulances outside of busy A&E departments have surfaced. It follows the release of NHS England figures in the run up to New Years Eve.

16,893
Patients waited more than 30 minutes for an ambulance
4,700
Patients waited more than 60 minutes for an ambulance
Ambulances queued outside of A&E departments for hours Credit: ITV

We previously reported that The Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth had 23 ambulances queuing outside A&E at one point over New Year, with some patients waiting up to 5 hours to receive care inside the hospital.

The NHS figures below highlighted the Portsmouth NHS Trust to be most affected by ambulance delays on 31st December 2017.

94
People taken to hospital by ambulance
13
People waited more than 30 minutes for an ambulance
45
People waited more than 60 minutes for an ambulance