Horton hospital trust pressure level drops but extra beds stay

Flu map of Britain shows worst hit areas as Australian flu spreads

Flu map of Britain shows worst hit areas as Australian flu spreads

The downgrade is put down to the "incredibly hard work" of staff and measures the trust has implemented this week - opening extra beds at the Horton, John Radcliffe Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and postponing non-urgent surgeries.

Average bed occupancy across all trusts jumped to 91.7 per cent between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve compared to 90 per cent occupancy in the same week last year, The Independent's analysis shows.

Ambulances were in high demand this Christmas and Boxing Day.

Matt Broad, Deputy Director of Service Delivery, said: "Across the region, Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officers (HALOs) work in A&E departments to manage the flow of Ambulance patients arriving at the department". Just as naturally, her political opponents blamed her for the disaster, saying her government had refused to give the NHS the funding it needed.

Cold weather, a particularly aggressive strain of flu and a high incidence of respiratory problems have been the most recent catalysts for an increase in demand on emergency medicine departments, GP practices and ambulances services.

The trust says operations and appointments at Scarborough are being reviewed on an individual basis and only those operations that can be safely deferred to a later date will be rearranged.

Denis Gizzi, deputy chairman of the central Lancashire A&E Delivery Board, added: "At this exceptionally busy time, we encourage everyone to use NHS services appropriately".

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised for any one affected by cancellations but said the guidance meant cancellations were taking place in a "planned way", unlike previous year.

We need more capacity in the entire health and social care systems which means more hospital beds, more nurses and more doctors. I noticed that they were talking about the "flashing lights" and realised what they were referring to was the number of ambulances queueing.

THERESA MAY has apologised for delays to operations and hospital admissions as the NHS in England struggles to cope with mounting winter pressures.

A spokesperson for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital, said in a statement: "The trust declared an internal significant incident yesterday as a result of the very high demand for our services that we have experienced over the extended holiday period, in common with hospitals across the whole country".

While the Liberal Democrat's leader, Vince Cable, said the figures were a sign of a crisis growing worse by the day.

The two opposition parties laid the blame squarely at the door of the SNP Government.

An OPEL 4 situation is where organisations are defined as being "unable to deliver comprehensive care" and where there is "increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised".

"The sobering reality is that winter for the NHS has hardly started".

"This is far less than the rate of inflation and clearly less than the service desperately needs".

Guidelines warn ambulance staff to transfer patients to the care of doctors within 15 minutes of arrival so they can attend other 999 calls.

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