Cancelled GWH operation numbers double

THE number of operations being cancelled at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital has more than doubled in just three years, the latest figures from NHS England show.

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During the second quarter of this year there were 94 operations cancelled at the last minute due to “non-clinical reasons”. Of these, four operations missed the NHS benchmark of being rescheduled within 28 days.

This marks a sharp increase from the same period between July and September in the 2013/14 financial year when there were 39 operations cancelled, with only one missing the 28 rescheduling date.

Joint local Healthwatch statement: 

“Although local people have not directly raised cancelled operations at GWH as a concern to us, we would encourage those who have had their operation cancelled to come forward and tell us about their experience. In particular, we would like to know what impact this has had on them and if they feel that they had been given enough notice of the cancellation”.

If you live in Swindon, you can contact Healthwatch Swindon on: 01793 497777 or email: [email protected]