Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been forced to postpone non-urgent surgery after becoming overrun with Covid-19 patients.

Appointments have also been postponed until November 6.

The Trust’s chief executive Tracy Taylor said the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) has exceeded 200 patients with Covid-19 over the past few days – with numbers ‘increasing by nearly another full ward of people’ every day.

She said: ‘We have made the difficult decision to postpone some of our non-urgent surgery and appointments until 6 November following a dramatic increase in the number of patients with Covid-19 in our hospital.’

It comes as Nottingham leaders entered into discussions with the Government over possible tier three restrictions today, amid spiralling infection rates.

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