Day Procedures Cancelled and Ward 4 Closed

Manx Care has said that all day procedures today and tomorrow have been cancelled with all patients affected having been contacted.

This includes the implementation of IIR fluid-resistant face mask wearing and social distancing across all of their health and social care settings.

All elective admissions planned for next week will be reviewed daily with patients contacted if affected.

These cancellations have been implemented to ensure staff are free to work in other areas including the Covid ward. The cataract surgery waiting list initiative is unaffected at this time.

Ward 4 will close to inpatients but all Women’s Health outpatient appointments will continue. Ward 4 is a thirteen bedded ward that cares for the needs of Women with gynaecological, breast and all pregnancy related problems up to twenty weeks gestation

Currently the visiting policy is unchanged except for visitors to the Covid ward which will only be possible in exceptional circumstances.

Social Care Services are also being adapted to deal with staff absences due to Covid.

Chief Executive, Teresa Cope said: ‘We are asking the public to work with us as we implement measures to keep our services running while maintaining the safety of staff and patients. We are aware there have been long waits in Noble’s Hospital emergency department and apologise for this.

‘We are grateful to our colleagues, across all our health and social care services, who continue to work in difficult circumstances in different areas to their normal place of work as we adapt and monitor the impact of Covid.’