STAFF have apologised to patients who have seen operations postponed as they bid to deal with a crisis in their hospitals.
Some operations and clinics have been postponed but anyone affected will be contacted by the hospital directly. Anyone who hasn’t heard anything is urged to attend hospital as originally planned.
Dr George Findlay, chief medical officer at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals remain extremely busy following the busiest Christmas and New Year period our staff have ever experienced.
“I am extraordinarily proud of our outstanding teams that have been going above and beyond for weeks now to care for so many very ill people.
“Unfortunately, to enable us to continue to provide safe, high quality care to those most in need, it is necessary for us to postpone some planned operations and clinics so our clinicians can focus on where the need is greatest.
“If your treatment is affected, we are very sorry and will contact you directly by telephone. Please, do not call the hospital – if you do not hear from us, you should attend as planned. Thank you.
“I would also like to thank everyone who has been assisting us – from those only using A&E when absolutely necessary, to families helping loved ones leave hospital in a timely way to release beds for others in need.
“I must stress, if you need urgent care, our highly skilled staff are here all day and all night, but there are other more appropriate alternatives, from NHS 111 to pharmacies, for common ailments and other illnesses.”