ROUTINE inpatient operations have been postponed at Great Western Hospital for a fourth consecutive day.

The move comes as the staff continue to cope with the backlog of an exceptionally busy weekend at the hospital’s A&E department.

During that period, 667 patients came to department, with 245 being admitted for further hospital treatment.

A Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “Patient safety and quality of care is our absolute priority and we have therefore made the decision to again postpone routine inpatient operations planned for today.

“The hospital remains extremely busy and we are prioritising patients needing urgent treatment such as cancer, emergency and trauma patients. Day surgery will go ahead as planned.

“Any patient whose operation has been postponed will be given another date at the earliest opportunity, usually within the next few weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. A big thank you to our dedicated staff who continue to work incredibly hard through what is a very challenging time.”

For up-to-date information on routine inpatient operations at GWH, call 01793 604020 or visit