Pausing planned procedures and out-patient appointments

The number of patients with Covid-19 in our hospitals across NW London is now at a level close to that seen during the peak in April 2020, with hospital admission rates still rising.

In response to the on-going Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the increasing need for us to care for patients requiring urgent, emergency or Covid-19 care, we have taken the difficult decision across NW London to temporarily pause the majority of non-urgent, planned procedures/operations and out-patient services.

All time critical cases, urgent cases including TIA and Rapid access Chest Pain clinics and two week wait cancer referrals will continue to be seen.

Patients who are affected will be contacted directly by the relevant trust. Patients whose out-patient appointment or surgery is postponed will be held on the trusts patient treatment list and will be contacted when services resume.

For clarity the patients whose episode of care is postponed will NOT be sent back to their GP.

At this time we do not have details of when patients will be rescheduled, we will provide further updates as soon as we know more.

If you need to discuss a patient's care, you can contact the relevant department through the advice and guidance services.

GPs can continue to refer patients for access to specialist care and diagnostics in the usual way using advice and guidance. All GPs will need to communicate to patients that for routine, non-urgent and non-time critical care they are likely to encounter a delay following the referral

We know many patients have already been waiting a long time for their procedure and we are sorry for this further delay.

Published: Dec 24, 2020