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Hospitals in Greater Manchester have decided to suspend non-urgent care amid a surge in coronavirus admissions which threaten to overwhelm local health services.
Non-urgent hospital surgery and appointments will no longer go ahead as scheduled, although emergency care, such as cancer treatment, will continue.
Excl: All Greater Manchester trusts have decided to pause non-urgent and routine care as Covid cases surge https://t.co/yZgQBW2oKa
Staff have worked tirelessly to try to maintain services and deliver the highest quality of healthcare to local people.
Despite these efforts it is now necessary to pause non-urgent work to ensure we are in a position to expand critical care facilities, whilst maintaining cancer and other urgent care, including cardiac services, vascular surgery and transplantation.
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