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Scarborough Hospital declares 'major incident' due to demand

A 'major incident' has been declared at Scarborough Hospital after it experienced an unprecedented demand for its services.

Scarborough Hospital declares 'major incident' due to surge in demand. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

While the winter months are traditionally a busy time for all hospitals across the country, we have been experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for our services and we have today reached a point in Scarborough where we have needed to enact our major incident plan.

Today in particular we have had people waiting in the emergency department before being admitted to a bed, and we need to make sure that our hospital beds and resources are saved for those who need them most.

We have also had to postpone some planned surgery and other procedures, and we apologise to those patients affected by this.

– Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


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York warning to only attend A&E in absolute emergencies

York Teaching Hospital. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One of the region's hospitals has seen such a rise in demand for its services over the festive period that bosses are asking people to attend emergency departments with only genuine emergencies.

For more minor conditions, patients in York are being to seek help elsewhere.

York Teaching Hospital, which has 700 beds, has made the appeal so the health Trust can treat those in the most need.

Staff admitted an extra 100 patients in the two days following Christmas and the hospital has remained unusually busy since then.

“Over the past few days we have seen unprecedented pressures on our services, particularly in the emergency departments and those needing urgent admission. We therefore need to make sure that our hospital beds and resources are saved for those who need them most.

“Due to the pressures we are facing, and with New Year’s Eve upon us, we are appealing to the public to think carefully about whether they need to visit A&E."

– Alastair Turnbull, Medical Director at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ambulance service 'creaking at the seams'

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In any one day they are now receiving two thousand calls across the North East.

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Not such a happy festive season for paramedics

The region's paramedics in action. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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John Brown, team leader paramedic, says the festive season is not a happy time for everyone.

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