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Coronavirus: South Holland patients will have routine surgery postponed

The trust that runs Boston's Pilgrim Hospital is postponing all routine surgery from tomorrow.

The routine operations are elective - ones that patients have chosen to have - and do not include cancer surgery and other clinically urgent cases.

Earlier today it was revealed two patients with COVID-19 are being treated at Pilgrim while a third is in hospital in Lincoln.

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston
Pilgrim Hospital in Boston

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) the postponement of the operations comes "as part of our response to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, enabling hospitals to free up staff to care for patients in other areas".

The step will also affect patients expecting to have surgery in Grantham or Lincoln hospitals.

A spokesperson for the trust said: "All affected patients will be contacted directly to inform them of the cancellation."

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