Capacity worries cause bump in cancelled operations


North East MSP Mike Rumbles has raised concerns over the increasing amount of operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons by NHS Grampian.

The amount of operations put on hold has increased month on month since April 2016, with figures for July swelling to two cancellations per day.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “There are many good reasons to cancel planned operations, but capacity is not one of them.

 

“If NHS Grampian are consistently having problems finding beds, staff and resources to care for patients, then it’s clear that something has gone wrong.

 

“It’s the duty of the Scottish Government to ensure that everyone has access to the treatment they need. If patients in Grampian are being continually let down the Government must provide the resources needed to sustain our local health services.

 

“I will be watching closely to see if this issue improves over the coming months.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

Health Board / Hospital Name

May-15

Jun-15

Jul-15

Aug-15

Sep-15

Oct-15

Nov-15

Dec-15

Jan-16

Feb-16

Mar-16

Apr-16

May-16

Jun-16

Jul-16

NHS Grampian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Number of scheduled elective operations in theatre system

3310

3405

3121

3138

3319

3229

3345

3018

3060

3312

3566

3203

3367

3349

2709

Total no of scheduled elective cancellations in  theatre systems

264

310

315

269

268

242

269

236

340

335

330

267

281

275

240

Cancellation based on clinical reason by hospital

71

96

84

76

90

80

81

68

76

91

86

90

90

85

63

Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital

76

62

48

60

50

48

64

56

139

102

86

36

37

54

60

Cancelled by Patient

110

135

149

125

105

99

111

104

118

134

148

119

142

124

107

Other reason

7

17

34

8

23

15

13

8

7

8

10

22

12

12

10

Hospital Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital includes:

No beds available, general ward, ICU, HDU

         

Staff not available, staff are ill, not available due to an emergency operation taking clinical priority

Equipment not available, equipment dirty

         

Theatre session overran therefore patient cancelled

       

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