Derriford Hospital is currently on Red Alert and extremely busy after a surge in patients needing emergency care.
The hospital says a high number of patients have attended A&E, many of whom are acutely unwell and need to be admitted as medical emergencies.
We have opened 41 'escalation' beds - every extra bed in every extra space we have. However, these beds are not planned for and therefore we did not have rostered staff to care for patients in these beds. Hence why we have been appealing for staff to work additional shifts, offering additional payments and used other temporary staff.
The hospital says it put many measures in place to try to prevent the winter demand overwhelming their services - including increasing staff and working with the council's discharge team.
But despite everything we have done, meeting increased demand from a population that is living longer but with more illness and disability, as an acute hospital is extremely difficult.
The hospital added on its website that they "apologise sincerely to those patients affected" by the measures, and that staff are working extremely hard to try to minimise the effect.
- If patients need non-emergency medical care, please contact your GP or, out-of-hours, NHS 111
- If you have an appointment at Derriford Hospital please attend as planned, unless contacted otherwise
Kurt Jewson, who describes himself as a "tubby, pale and middle aged" man, was a little nervous about sharing this photo with family and friends - he could never have known just how strong a reaction it would have:
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and thought the picture, which shows him scarred from surgery and wearing a catheter and colostemy bag, would help raise awareness.
With bravery and a great sense of humour, he shared his photo in the hope that more people might spend five minutes on the Prostate Cancer website - a move he says "could save your life".
Family have been really supportive, though my wife said 'Why didn't you tidy the room?'
Today he joined us remotely to chat about the photo, his experience fighting the disease, and the incredible reaction his bravery has provoked:
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