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Surgery: Peterborough

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Peterborough constituency have had their inpatient surgical treatment cancelled three times or more in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (154691)

Information is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows the number of last minute cancelled operations for non-clinical reasons at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for 2006-07 which are the latest data available.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Number of last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons


Number of urgent operations that were cancelled for a second or subsequent time for non clinical reasons



1. A last minute cancellation is one that occurs on the day the patient was due to arrive, after they have arrived in hospital or on the day of their operation.

2. Some common non-clinical reasons for cancellations by the hospital include: ward beds unavailable; surgeon unavailable; emergency case needing theatre; theatre list over-ran; equipment failure; administration error; anaesthetist unavailable; theatre staff unavailable; and critical care bed unavailable.

3. Urgent operations are as defined by National Confidentially Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths. ‘Immediate’, ‘Urgent’ and ‘Expedited’ operations are included in the definition. However, ‘Elective’ operations are not included in the definition


Department of Health datasets: QMCO and Weekly Situation Reports