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Good news for QE campaigners

demonstrators protesting outside the QEH in King's Lynn

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 10:44am 7th December 2018.

This is the news QE campaigners wanted to hear.

Plans had been put forward to move elective surgery for cancer patients to Norwich over the winter period.

But the hospital have just told us they won't do that.


demonstrators protesting outside the QEH in King's Lynn
Last month protesters gathered outside the hospital to show their anger at the plans


A paper will go to the Trust's Board next week with options to allow the hospital to run as much of its planned surgical programme as possible over winter.

While at the same time ensuring the safety and care of patients needing its services in an emergency.

However, though the proposal to move some cancer surgery to the NNUH will go as information to the Board it has been deemed not to be viable.

qeh main entrance


Dr Nick Lyons, Acting Chief Executive, told KLFM:

"Given the concern this proposal has caused patients and staff, our Chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, and I wanted to provide the community with an update at the earliest opportunity.

The final paper is still being drafted but all the options it will contain have been developed in consultation with staff and are going through a rigorous Quality Impact Assessment (QIA) process.

There was complete consensus that moving elective cancer surgery to Norwich for the period of winter could not be done safely and would not deliver the beds required. "

qeh meeting on being put into special measures in king's lynn
Jon Green (centre) announced earlier this week that he has stepped down as CEO of the hospital

Other proposals which will go to Board include:

  • The creation of a new Assessment Zone in medicine.
  • Development of a "23 hour" surgery unit.

The Trust will also continue to implement the important work it already has underway including:

  • Management of the "front door"
  • Effective discharge at the back door
  • Enhancing community capacity for patients who do not need an acute bed.

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