A spokesperson for Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG, said:
“Like other parts of the country we are seeing increased demand on local health and care services.
“We have now reluctantly taken the decision to cancel some non-urgent routine operations and outpatient appointments, to allow us to safely care for the rising number of people with coronavirus in our hospitals.
“This is not a decision we take at all lightly, and we’re sorry for the distress and upset it will cause. Clinical teams will be contacting patients and their families to notify them of the changes and the next steps.
“At this challenging time, we’re also asking the public to do their bit and support local health services by thinking ‘Hands Face Space’ and choosing the right NHS services for their needs, with A&E used for serious and life-threatening emergencies only.
“We’re also asking families with loved ones in hospital to play their part by helping them to return home as soon as they’re medically fit for discharge.”