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Surgery cancellations to prompt private medical cover uptake?

Published on 10/01/2011
Signs that some NHS hospitals in Kent are struggling to cope with rising flu admissions may prompt some in the region to take out private medical cover instead.

Hospitals across the county have been forced to cancel many non-emergency operations because they do not have enough available beds as they are being taken up by those suffering from flu and other viruses.

Medway Maritime Hospital said its bed availability was "very limited" with its intensive care unit nearly full and has written to some patients cancelling appointments, reports the BBC.

Meanwhile, routine surgery has been postponed at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Maidstone Hospital, and Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.

Dr Gray Smith-Laing, the medical director at the Medway Maritime Hospital, told the news provider: "Bed availability across the hospital is still very limited.

"The intensive care unit is full, bar one patient, the surgical high dependency unit is full and the medical high dependency unit is full.

"So we don't have a lot of a slack but we have improved considerably overnight."

According to figures released yesterday (January 6th), 50 deaths have been reported from the flu virus in the UK this winter.
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