— Update on December 2 @ 2.10pm
The Lincoln County Hospital says it has reviewed of all clinics and appointments scheduled for Friday, December 3.
Wherever possible, scheduled appointments for tomorrow will be going ahead. Any patients whose appointments for tomorrow need to be cancelled will be contacted directly and informed today.
Patients are advised to attend their appointments if they haven’t been notified of a cancellation, providing it is safe for them to do so.
Patients will need to ensure they can make their own way both to and from the hospital because ambulance transport cannot be provided.
— December 1 @ 2.58pm
Outpatients and those awaiting planned surgeries may have their appointments cancelled, as weather affects staff and patients turning up to Lincoln County Hospital.
The decision to cancel surgeries and appointments came after many patients struggled to get to hospital, and staffing levels being lower than average.
Emergency care will run as normal, as well as urgent planned surgery for patients suffering with problems like cancer.
Planned surgery and appointments will attempt to run normally, with those who have cancelled appointments being contacted and moved to tomorrow.
Patients are urged not to call the hospital to check their appointment, as they will be contacted if their surgery is not going ahead.
If patients do not hear from the hospital, they should assume that the appointment is running as normal.
United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust thanks its staff for responding well to the weather conditions, with many altering their timetables or sleeping at the hospital.
They also thank people who have helped staff get into hospital by lending or driving 4×4 vehicles.