The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Appointments and procedures on Monday 19 September

16 September 2022

Mr Stephen Bush, Medical Director - Operations at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“HM The Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September means that many of our services and departments which normally do not operate during a bank holiday will close, and staff in these areas will not be required to work. However, we had already scheduled significant numbers of patients for review, investigation or treatment who may have cancer or whose care has been made a priority by our clinical teams.

“We have asked staff responsible for delivering this care if they are able to work during the bank holiday so that we can minimise the number of patients affected. This is difficult for many of our staff, many of whom have had to arrange childcare at short notice or who will experience public transport disruption as a result of the bank holiday.

“This means we can continue to deliver large volumes of activity over the bank holiday and avoid cancelling many patients who have surgery for cancer or other urgent conditions already planned.

“The public holiday means we have had to reschedule some appointments, but this number would be far greater without the support of our staff who have agreed to come to work - my heartfelt thanks to colleagues.

“Anyone with an appointment scheduled for Monday who doesn’t hear from us should continue to attend their appointment as planned. Any postponed appointments will be rebooked as soon as possible.

“If you need medical help in an emergency please call 999, or for anyone who feels unwell and needs advice, please use NHS 111 to be directed to the most appropriate service for their care.

“I offer my deepest sympathy to the members of the Royal Family during this difficult time.”