Birmingham hospitals see "biggest number of patients coming in since we've been keeping records"

Wards at the former QE Hospital in Birmingham are to reopen Credit: Ryan Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Wards at the mothballed former Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham are to reopen to help deal with a 10% increase in Accident and Emergency admissions across the region.

Capacity problems have caused routine operations to be cancelled, despite the hospital laying on an additional 117 beds over the winter period.

Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of the Trust says:

"We've got an ageing population, people with chronic disease, people are living longer and we've had the winter period.

"We're seeing far, far more patients than we did have.

"What we're not doing is looking after patients in corridors, but this way they're in a proper ward environment."

She said the old wards would meet "the highest" infection-control standards.

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Old hospital wards reopen

Two wards at the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which closed in 2010, are to reopen to help deal with an increase in patients in the region.