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Critical incident declared at Brighton hospital

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The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton has declared a critical incident because it is full.

The hospital is trying to discharge as many patients as possible so they can continue to admit emergencies.

Meetings have been cancelled so staff can work on wards, extra clinicians have been dispatched to work in outpatients and A&E staff brought in to assess patients.

We spoke to Dr George Findlay Chief Medical Officer.

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The number of new patients admitted yesterday by the hospital.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said it couldn't take patients to other hospitals because all nearby sites in Sussex faced equally busy sites.

We are always open for patients who are seriously ill, our staff are working extremely hard to ensure every patient is treated safely and as quickly as possible.

“We would ask people to think about the care they need and use an alternative if possible, such as talking to their pharmacist, calling NHS 111 or using the NHS walk-in centre at Brighton Station.

“We’ve been extremely busy over the weekend, which comes on the back of being really busy over the past month.

“We had a lot of wrist injuries when it was icy. But four to five days after the start of a cold spell, we get a surge in seriously ill patients."

– Brighton and Sussex Hospitals University Trust