The Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust declared a critical incident at Queen Alexandra Hospital this afternoon due to “extreme pressures” on their services
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A hospital in Portsmouth has declared a critical incident today and as it warns it has limited space to treat patients.
The Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust declared a critical incident at Queen Alexandra Hospital this afternoon due to “extreme pressures” on their services.
They warned patients to not come unless it is a “life-threatening emergency” as there are no free patients beds as they work on “safely discharging as many as possible”.
It comes hours after six hospitals issued a joint warning for people to stay away from emergency departments except for in “genuine, life-threatening situations”, after a surge in numbers left some patients waiting for up to 12 hours.
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Hospital trusts across West Yorkshire and Harrogate in North Yorkshire said the current pressures have left them with no choice but to prioritize patients presenting with acute illness or injuries. The area covers more than 2.5 million people.
Last month, they released a statement saying Covid patients are still placing ‘significant strain’ on their hospitals.
West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts said its most recent emergency department figures show a 14.2% increase in attendance compared with the same week last year.
A statement on the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust website read: “Due to extreme pressures on services across the Queen Alexandra Hospital site, and an increasingly challenging staffing position as a result of sickness, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has declared a critical incident.
“Through the incident, we are focusing our actions to prioritize the provision of critical, emergency services. The safety of our patients and our staff remains our top priority.
“Our beds are full and our Emergency Department (ED) remains full with patients requiring admission. We have limited space to treat emergency patients and we are only able to treat patients with life-threatening conditions and injuries.
“Please do not attend the ED unless it’s an emergency. Non-emergency attendances will not be seen and will be redirected to the Urgent Treatment Centers at St Mary’s Hospital, Gosport and Petersfield.
“Do not call 999 unless it is a serious or life-threatening emergency as the ambulance service is also under intense pressure and operating under a critical incident.
“Our immediate priority is to ensure there are beds available to admit our most seriously ill patients into and will be focusing on safely discharging as many patients as possible. We ask that families and loved ones support us with this and collect patients as soon as they are ready to be discharged.
“We will be reviewing the situation regularly and thank you for all your support during this difficult and busy time.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.