Exceptional pressures on our staff and services
NUH Critical Incident Update 22 December 2022 @ 4.30 pm
Nottingham University Hospital Trust has stood down it's Critical Incident status.
However, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire health and care system remains in a critical incident as services continue to be busy ahead of the Christmas bank holiday weekend and a further ambulance strike on 28 December.
Members of the public are being asked to use services wisely to ensure those people with the greatest need can access care and support.
Position @ 19 December 2022
Nottingham University Hospitals has today (19 December) declared a critical incident due to exceptional pressures on our staff and services. This was closely followed by the health and care system also declaring a critical incident, affecting health services across the city and county.
Dr Keith Girling, Medical Director, said: “Our staff are working tirelessly during a period of exceptional pressure on our hospitals and I want to thank them for their continued hard work and dedication to our patients.
“Over recent days we have seen a large number of very poorly people arriving at our Emergency Department who need to be admitted to our hospitals suffering with respiratory conditions, such as flu and trauma injuries due to the freezing weather. This demand is causing very long waits for patients to be seen – particularly at our Emergency Department.
“As a result, we are taking additional steps to maintain patient safety. We will prioritise those patients with the highest level of need and ensure that we continue to manage emergency care. This means that a number of planned operations, where patients require a stay in hospital, will be postponed to prioritise patients with the most urgent clinical need. Day case procedures, where a bed is not needed, will continue.
“We regret that this will impact on patients who were due to receive planned care over the next few days and sincerely apologise to all those affected. These appointments will be rescheduled as soon as possible. If we have not contacted you directly, please attend your appointment as planned.
“We continue to work with our health and social care partners and ask our communities to help ease pressure on our hospitals, particularly assisting with the timely discharge of relatives.
“We know that most patients want to return home as soon as possible, especially at this time of year. If your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do so as early as possible. This will help our teams and free up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.”
Our emergency services remain open and you should continue to come forward as normal in emergency and life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS111 online or by calling 111. Pharmacies can offer over the counter advice and treat common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, stings and allergies.
Visit the NHS UK website for more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E.