Routine operations have been reinstated at Bedford Hospital but the situation is still ‘fragile’

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Routine operations have been reinstated at Bedford Hospital but the situation is still being described as ‘fragile’.

Last week planned surgery and other routine services had to be cancelled when hospital staff were faced with unprecedented demand for emergency care.

An influx of people arriving at A&E, meant all beds at the hospital were taken and the numbers of people coming in outweighed those being discharged.

People without serious illnesses were being urged not to go to the A&E department and to instead use other services such as their GP, walk in medical centres and pharmacists. There’s also the option of contacting the NHS number 111 for advice or visit www.nhs.uk.

During last week’s rush, hospital staff had volunteered to work overtime and some even gave up planned annual leave to help out.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “Our staff have been incredible, as always, in rising to the challenge, and we would like to thank them for their ongoing hard work and support.”

People are still being urged to use A&E services responsibly.