Major incident status in Gloucestershire hospitals lifted

Hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham have lifted their emergency measures after over a week, but health chiefs say they remain under 'significant pressure'.

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"Significant pressure" remains at Gloucestershire Hospitals

Health chiefs say that Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital remain under 'significant pressure' despite the lifting of emergency measures today.

Since the 4th January the hospitals have been operating under 'major incident' status which led to postponed routine operations, beause A&E units could not cope with the New Year surge in the number of patients.

A Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said that hospitals remain very busy and patients are advised to go to A&E only in a real emergency.

Major incident status continues in Gloucestershire hospitals

Hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham are continuing to operate under major critical incident status today.

It's now more than a week since the major incident was first declared.

At 9am this morning, patients at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Emergency Department were facing a waiting time of over five hours.

People have been urged to consider alternative options before attending either of the A&E departments. Waiting times at minor injuries units are currently between 7 and 45 minutes.

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"Patients are staying longer" NHS spokesman on A&E difficulties

Hospitals across the region have been struggling to cope with increased demand over the winter. Emergency departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General say they couldn't cope with the high number of patients over the weekend, and declared a major incident.

A&E departments at Southmead hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General have also asked people to stay away unless absolutely necessary.

A spokesman from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust outlines some of the reasons why hospitals are struggling:

The main problem has been an increase in the number of sick patients coming through our doors, and those are mainly elderly patients with respiratory illness. So we’re admitting more patients, those patients are staying longer, and then some of those patients at the end of their illness are difficult to get home and our community beds are full of patients as well.

– Tom Llewellyn, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Major incident in Gloucestershire hospitals

A major incident has been declared in two hospitals in Gloucestershire due to high demand over the weekend.

Emergency departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General said they were unable to cope with the high number of patients this weekend.

People have also been asked to stay away from A&E departments at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General unless absolutely necessary.

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