STAFF at Basildon Hospital have conceded a review of equipment could have a negative effect on patients at its specialist heart unit.
The hospital suspended all operations at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre for four days when it was discovered some of the equipment had to be replaced.
Hospital chiefs acknowledged delaying operations can have a negative effect on patients, but insisted that all operations would be rebooked as soon as possible.
Any surgeries which were deemed urgent, saw patients transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, in London.
In the wake of the suspension a hospital spokesman said: “We recognise the distress that can be caused when a patient’s planned operation has to be rescheduled.
“We know that the delay could mean that their condition may deteriorate and we do everything to avoid this.
“All inpatients for whom surgery has been delayed are being reviewed daily by a consultant surgeon.
“As a precaution, any patients that medical staff think should be operated on urgently are being transferred to Barts Hospital.
“We are also working in collaboration with neighbouring CTCs and they have agreed to take our new surgical referrals if required.
“We have not taken this decision lightly and once again sincerely apologise to our patients and their families. We are reviewing the situation daily and will confirm when a normal surgical programme is in place.”
Operations have now resumed and the hospital says staff are working to restore a full service prompting the hospital spokesperson to add: “Once again we sincerely apologise to our patients and their families. We are reviewing the situation daily and will confirm when a normal surgical programme is in place.”