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Critical incidents declared at several NHS Trusts

By Clare Gooch

Published In: Clinical Negligence - Hospital and Surgery

The heavy demand for medical care continues across the UK with several NHS trusts struggling under the pressure.

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Critical incidents have been declared in several NHS Trusts over the last few weeks due to high volume of inpatients, delays in discharges and high volumes of admissions in emergency departments.

Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, a Trust declaring several critical incidents in the last few weeks, has stated that of 200 patients in the emergency department, 88 of them require admissions to wards and a further 160 patients remain at the hospital despite being discharged 24 hours previously. This will come as a big blow to the Trust, who are already under microscopic scrutiny for their maternity services.

Similarly, further down the country, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have also declared several critical incidents due to the high volume of patients requiring urgent care. They have requested residents to help support them to get their loved ones home as soon as the decision has been made that they are ready to be discharged.

Whilst staff continue to work tirelessly caring for patients, the high demand of care is causing long delays which will no doubt have significant consequences for those waiting for care.

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Clare has worked in Medical Negligence for over 10 years.  She’s a Senior Associate Solicitor in our Medical Negligence team based in Switalskis’ London office.

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