Will Coronavirus Mean My Knee Op Is Cancelled?
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, what is the current situation if you’re due to have knee surgery imminently?
At time of writing (30 March) the situation is as follows:
Will coronavirus affect my knee operation?
Private knee operations
We operate from four Yorkshire hospitals:
Each hospital is operating similar, although not identical, procedures during the coronavirus outbreak. To find the latest for your hospital, please use the above links.
Private hospitals are dedicating much of their resource to the NHS during the outbreak. This means many procedures will be suspended until further notice unless they are clinically urgent. If your procedure is postponed the hospital will contact you.
Even if your procedure is one of the few which may be going ahead, you should not come into hospital if you have a new continuous cough or a fever or high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher). You should follow NHS guidelines.
If you fall into any of the following categories and your operation is still scheduled to proceed, your hospital will probably contact you. If it doesn’t, please contact the hospital direct before you come into hospital, explain your situation and ask for further instructions.
- Aged 70 or over; or
- Have an underlying health condition; or
- Are pregnant; or
- Have been offered a flu-jab by the NHS
NHS knee operations
All NHS trusts will stop all non-urgent surgery by 15 April. In reality, we can expect many hospitals to stop before then.
So, if you are due to have a knee operation on the NHS, your operation will not go ahead if it is due after 15 April. It is unlikely to go ahead if it is scheduled before then. You should receive communication about this but please call ahead to confirm your op is proceeding as planned.
If you need to talk to a specialist about your knee, you still can. Yorkshire Knee Clinic surgeons are running remote consultations throughout the coronavirus outbreak.