Operations are delayed as Coronavirus deaths rise in Cornwall.
Sadly, five patients who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died this week.
Four of the patients were over 70 and had underlying health conditions. The other was in their 60s with an underlying health condition.
Their families have been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.
Our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.
We will begin postponing non-urgent planned operations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from Monday 23 March for at least three months.
We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried. We would ask you NOT to call us, as we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible.
Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal.
Routine referrals from GPs and most outpatient appointments will also be postponed for at least three months, as part of steps to make sure we can maintain consistent levels of safety and standards for people using our services.
Where possible some of the services that are continuing may also be delivered in a different way to the usual face to face appointments and instead we will use video and telephone consultations when it is clinically appropriate.
We are sure our patients and local people will understand the need for the steps we are taking and support our staff over the coming weeks and months.