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January COVID-19 Lockdown – Keeping services running

January COVID-19 Lockdown – Keeping services running

During the current national lockdown we want to reassure you that we are working hard to keep services running in Salisbury and Oxford whilst also keeping patients and staff as safe as possible.

Both the John Radcliffe Hospital, and Salisbury District Hospital are under great pressure at the moment, with high numbers of admissions. This affects all services and staff and reduces the number of patients who can come for planned surgery. We are following national guidance and our local hospital procedures to prioritise surgical treatment and are still able to carry out some high priority surgery. The situation is changing from day to day and we will do our best to keep you informed if you are expecting to come for surgery or waiting to hear a date.  We are sorry if your surgery is cancelled at short notice and are doing all that we can to avoid this.

The situation also affects outpatient clinics and we will only send you an appointment letter for an essential appointment. Where possible we will do the appointment by phone or video call instead so that you do not need to travel to the hospital. If you are at all worried about an appointment you have received please contact us. Everyone’s situation is different so please get in touch with any questions.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Ginette Phippen, Clinical Director