Non-urgent surgery postponed as part of lockdown measures

ALL elective surgery has been postponed next week as Guernsey enters a second lockdown.

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Emergency procedures will continue.

Those attending the hospital will be asked to socially distance and staff will wear personal protective equipment.

The Medical Specialist Group will switch to virtual outpatient appointments where possible.

‘This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. The safety of our community is paramount and these emergency measures reduce any risk to our health and care services while we have unexplained community transmission,' said Health & Social Care president Al Brouard.

'I know that these decisions will be disappointing for those who have been preparing for surgery in the coming weeks. Officers will be in touch as soon as they can to rearrange all appointments that have been postponed.'

PPE stocks are said to be 'good' with sufficient for enhanced use both in health and social care facilities and the private care home sector.

Brock Ward is ready to be mobilised within an hour to a ‘hot’ Covid-19 ward when required.

Extra staff have been deployed into the scheduling and swabbing teams to manage the anticipated additional workload.

All health and care premises are closed to visitors immediately.

End of life visits will be considered on a case by case basis.

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