Advice for patients whose operation may be delayed by COVID-19 restrictions

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Who is this advice for?

This page is for patients who unfortunately may have had their operation delayed as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The news that your operation may be delayed will no doubt be upsetting and disappointing. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. We ask that you use this time to keep as well as possible and to make a positive change to your health and wellbeing. This may be challenging as you might be experiencing pain or discomfort. But we want to assure you that even a few small changes can really have a helpful effect now and after your operation.

What can I do to help me prepare for my future operation?

You can make changes now that will improve the success of your operation and also improve your long-term health. Patients who lead healthy lifestyles usually recover quicker from their operation and suffer fewer complications. 

Leading a healthy lifestyle will:

  • Improve the success of your surgery
  • Mean that your operation is more likely to take place, once re-scheduled
  • Reduce your recovery time
  • Speed up your discharge from hospital
  • All of the above will help the NHS recover after the pandemic

Top tips

  • Look after your general mood and wellbeing.
  • Keep moving and active
  • Eat Well
  • Drink enough fluid, especially water
  • Keep within the Government guidelines of below 14 unit of alcohol per week
  • Stop smoking

For more information, please download these documents: 

Please follow this link for information for patients that have a high suspicion of cancer or have been diagnosed with cancer.

Please follow this link for information for patients who have been diagnosed with other conditions

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