COVID pressure: 'Very busy' NHS Forth Valley to continue non-urgent operations

As a number of Scottish Health boards call a halt to elective surgeries, patients in the Falkirk area will still be able to undergo non-urgent operations for now.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 1:34 pm

NHS Ayrshire, NHS Arran and NHS Lanarkshire have announced they are temporarily postponing all non-urgent elective surgeries.

An NHS Forth Valley spokesman said: “Forth Valley Royal Hospital continues to be very busy as we are seeing an ongoing increase in the number of people admitted with COVID-19 and other serious health conditions.

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Forth Valley Royal Hospital will continue to carry out non-urgent operations and elective surgeries for the time being

“Staff are continuing to deliver care to local patients who require urgent care and treatment and are also working very hard to ensure patients who are well enough to leave hospital are discharged or transferred as quickly as possible to help free up capacity for those who require to be admitted.

“We have not cancelled non-urgent operations but are keeping this under regular review and ensuring more urgent operations and outpatient appointments continue to be prioritised.”

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