1. ITV Report

Non-urgent operations cancelled in Lincolnshire

Safety of patients is paramount

The United Lincolnshire Health Trust has cancelled all non-urgent outpatient clinics and operations today.

Conditions on the county's roads are so bad that emergency 4x4 vehicles are being used to help get key staff into work.

Urgent two week wait, radiotherapy, renal services and oncology clinics are going ahead as planned.

Mark Brassington, Chief Operating Officer with the ULHT, said that to help cope, outpatient staff and non-clinical staff were being redployed to wards and theatres.

Anyone who is unsure is asked to call the number on their appointment letter for advice.

Please stay safe and keep away from hospitals unless it is an emergency. To help ease pressures on A&Es, we urge everyone to think twice before they go to an A&E – if it’s not serious or life threatening, you shouldn’t be there. Call NHS 111 for advice.

Many of our staff haven’t been able to get into work due to heavy snow and we don’t want patients to risk their safety by travelling to one of our hospitals for a routine appointment.

People who have an outpatient appointment at any of our hospitals today should not attend unless it is urgent which is for two week wait, radiotherapy, renal or oncology services.

People who have an operation scheduled are being contacted if their operation has been cancelled, but we are cancelling all operations that are not emergency surgery.

– Mark Brassington, Chief Operating Officer. ULHT