"We have been successful in maintaining many cancer services over the past 18 months " he says.
"However, there are undoubtedly a lot of patients with non-cancerous diagnoses, or less urgent diagnoses, all of which are incredibly important, which are going to take us some time to be able to treat and operate. "
Despite this, Wheeler acknowledges that some people wait longer for treatment.
"Any wait is painful to watch. All I can really reassure is that we are doing everything in our power to overcome the backlog of patients ", says -it.
The hospital hasthe chance to be able to separate the beds in order to ensure "the safety of elective surgery patients," he says.
However, he recognizes that the balance between planned surgery and Emergencies will be a challenge for the hospital as it enters its busiest period.
'If we play together we can get through '
Image caption, The boss of the Roland Sinker hospital is " very concerned " "by Addenbrooke 's willingness to face winter
Sometimes Addenbrooke ' s accident and emergency department has been so busy that some patients have had to wait outside .
Roland Sinker, managing director of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, says he is "desperately sorry " that people have to wait at all.
"The challenges we face are more people in need of care, and aIf the fact that we had to lose over 70 of our 1,200 beds [due to infection control].
Mr. Sinker says he is "very concerned" about the next few months.
"If we can get the hospital teams, the population and partners outside the hospital to play together like we did during Covid, I think we can get through that six , nine months, "he says.
The hospital is asking people to " use the right service, at the right time "so that they can continue to provide care to those in need. need it most.
'Boosters will save lives '
Image caption, Dr Joseph Newman hopes the use of flu shots and the Covid vaccine will help ease the pressure on Addenbrooke's this winter
Addenbrooke 's is also undertaking a staff vaccination program against influenza and Covid to ensure their safety and work.
Dr Joseph Newman, respiratory registrar at Universita Hospitalsires of Cambridge, says it is "incredibly important " for its workforce of over 11,000 people to be vaccinated.
"Staff shortages around this time last year have been a real problem, adding to the pressure even more, so I think trying to keep everyone fit and healthy. good health is really important, "he says.
" The boosters will save lives and continue to provide relief to the NHS. This is a really important time.
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