How Coronavirus is affecting hospital services
Please attend your outpatient appointment, diagnostic test, day case surgery or operation as planned following the instructions provided in your letter. It is very important that you attend your appointment if you can so that we can provide you with the care you need. We have measures in place within the hospitals to safely provide your care.
Emergency Care (A&E)
Please consider all other urgent care services before attending A&E. You can get advice on the right service for your by calling NHS111.
If you do need A&E, our emergency department will assess patients for symptoms of coronavirus on arrival and stream accordingly, taking appropriate infection prevention and control procedures, and physical distancing measures.
We are returning to non-emergency services such as planned operations, outpatient and diagnostic procedures.
We are cautiously increasing these services, minimising the risk of transmission of coronavirus in hospital so that we can safely treat patients.
We have clinically prioritised urgent cases and cancers as well as those patients in vulnerable groups under our care and who now need review.
If your appointment, procedure or operation is urgent you will be contacted shortly. Please be patient if you are not contacted immediately, it means that following our clinical review there are other people whose treatment has been prioritised. We will get to you as quickly as we can.
Coronavirus has increased demand on the entire health service. If we need to make any changes to your appointment we will try to let you know well in advance - we will try not to cancel or postpone any appointments or procedures that have been booked. However, there may be times when we are not able to provide your care as planned.
You can view the average number of weeks waiting time for your treatment on the My Planned Care website . Please be aware that this is the average wait time, and this could be longer or shorter as we work through our waiting lists.
If you are waiting for surgery, there are steps that you can take that will positively impact on how well your surgery goes and your recovery afterwards. Our Shape Up For Surgery resources provide lots of information and advice about how you can get yourself into shape for surgery from moving more to quitting smoking and learning relaxation techniques.
- Waiting times letter for patients (March 2022)
- Easy Read waiting times letter for patients (March 2022)
If you are unable to attend the hospital for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible using the telephone number on your original appointment letter or by completing the online cancellation form. This is important, so that we can use that time to see other patients.
Statistics and data
View the latest combined update including the number of patients with COVID-19 in our hospitals here: West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts COVID-19 update.
For hospital statistics please see the links below: