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Elective surgery temporarily suspended at Noble's Hospital

Today and tomorrow's operations cancelled at short notice

Elective surgeries, due to take place today and tomorrow, at Noble's hospital have all been cancelled at short notice.

It's because new equipment is being installed into the operating theatres.

Manx Care says patients whose operations are cancelled due to this are expected to be seen within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, emergency, trauma and obstetrics cases will continue.

Manx Care chief executive Teresa Cope says cancelling these operations is not a decision taken lightly but 'regrettably, necessary'.

The health body has offered an apology for those affected and says it's considering sending some elective surgery patients to the UK, if they wish.

Meanwhile the hospital’s elective surgery programme may continue to run at a reduced level for up to six weeks as a result of the ongoing shortage of specialist theatre staff due to unfilled vacancies and sickness absence among staff.

Manx Care says it will continue to clinically prioritise all activity and ensure urgent and emergency and time-sensitive operations, including cancer operations, are prioritised.

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