Hospitals’ drive to cut cancelled operations

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Hospital bosses in Sheffield have set a priority of cutting the number of operations cancelled on the day, after more than six per cent were called off last year.

Numbers of cancelled operations at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which runs the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General, have gone up from 879 in 2009/10 to 1,161 last year.

Managers are aiming to get the figure down to four per cent by next April, then to bring it down further.

One of the biggest non-clinical reasons has been bed availability, and ‘significant progress’ has been made on addressing this, says trust medical director David Throssell.

High numbers of emergency admissions and winter viruses are also having an impact.