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Treliske apology over dozens of cancelled operations

Treliske apology over dozens of cancelled operations

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:15am 23rd February 2018. (Updated at 2:50pm 23rd February 2018)

Cornwall's biggest hospital has apologised for having to cancel operations.

Bosses have revealed that in December, more than 80 procedures were called off.

But they say that was out of 5,500 operations carried out across the month.

They are blaming winter pressures and a growing demand for beds at Treliske.

The apology comes after a woman from St Columb Major revealed she has had a hernia procedure cancelled four times.

Ellie told BBC Radio Cornwall she is now in pain and losing money because she is struggling to work as a bus driver.

"What gets me is I know the NHS is in a state of disrepair at the moment, but is it any wonder when the operation's been cancelled four times.

"This is at a cost. After 28 weeks, so far I've cost them £2,000. After 52 weeks, it was £5000. That's £7,000 I've cost them so far. If they're fined, where does that money go to?"

In a statement, the hospital said: "We are deeply sorry for any delay or cancellation of planned treatment.

"Unfortunately, we have not been able to provide as much planned surgical care as we would want over the winter months due to the growing demand for hospital beds on our Truro site.

"We will review Ellie's care and offer a surgery appointment as soon as possible".

There are fears the situation could be made worse, with that icy blast set to send temperatures plummeting next week.

Cornwall's cold weather support service has the following advice to deal with the looming freeze.

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. 
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer). 
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It's a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. During the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
  • If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.

You can read more advice here.

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