Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge placed on black alert

Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: PA Images

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge has been placed on black alert because of a rise in emergency admissions.

It's the highest level of alert and has led to some planned surgery being delayed. Patients can not move on from A and E to other departments because of staff shortages and the large number of patients that have been admitted over the past couple of weeks.

Managers at the hospital say they have also opened contingency areas.