Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has made some further significant changes to keep patients safe while dealing with Covid-19.
The Trust, which runs Queen’s and King George hospitals, is now seeing an increase in the number of seriously ill patients who have tested positive for Covid-19, which will continue to increase in the days and weeks ahead.
From today (Monday March 23), the Trust is:
- Postponing all routine, planned surgery (including day cases and cancer operations).
- Stopping all outpatient appointments (including endoscopy and chemotherapy). This includes both face-to-face and telephone appointments.
For those patients who need to urgently speak to a doctor on the phone, or require immediate treatment, the Trust is setting up ‘hot clinics’ to ensure these patients get the care they need.
These measures will help to protect patients, including those with Covid-19, and those with other conditions. They will also enable the Trust to be as prepared as possible by training additional clinical teams who are not specialists in respiratory illness.
The changes will be kept under review and will remain in place for at least the next two weeks. During this time, only the most urgent operations will be carried out.
Postponing chemotherapy will help to protect cancer patients as these intense drugs affect their immune system, making them more susceptible to contracting Covid-19. These patients are being reviewed to ensure no harm will come to them by delaying their treatment.