Battle to keep ops schedule

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BLACKPOOL hospital bosses are fighting to avoid having to take the same action as NHS colleagues in Preston under winter pressures.

As the cold snap and freezing temperatures continue, hospitals are facing more emergency admissions.

Pat Oliver, Director of Operations at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Pat Oliver, Director of Operations at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

But health chiefs at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust say services are coping and they have avoided having to take the same action as Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, who last week were forced to cancel all “non-urgent” operations after seeing an “unprecedented and extraordinary” number of patients.

The Lancashire trust, which runs Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, said it was admitting around 50 extra people a day compared the same period in previous years and implemented its winter pressures plan.

They have also cancelled meetings and study leave and asked staff to work extra shifts.

It said it had no plans to transfer operations to Blackpool, where health bosses said they too were under pressure.

Pat Oliver, director of operations at the Blackpool trust, said: “The trust is facing considerable demand for emergency services like colleagues across Lancashire, but at the moment is coping with those demands and maintaining delivery of all services.

“The winter season always leads to extra pressure on our emergency departments. This means it is more important than ever people think very carefully about whether their injury or illness really is an accident or an emergency.”

Medical director Dr Mark O’Donnell said: “We are receiving a lot of emergency admissions, but we are managing the situation and have not had to cancel any surgery.

“Everyone is working hard to ensure we can deliver a high quality service despite the pressures of increase emergency admissions.”

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