Royal Bolton Hospital declared 'black alert' after soaring demand

The Royal Bolton Hospital was put on "black alert" after A&E departments battled with soaring demand coming into this week.

The alert, which is the highest in the NHS operating protocol, is declared when a hospital is under such significant pressure that it cannot "deliver comprehensive care”.

The hospital had urged people to only attend A&E in a genuine emergency:

“The Royal Bolton Hospital was particularly busy yesterday (Monday 9th December) however the situation de-escalated within a few hours – pressures such as these are a snapshot in time as they fluctuate.

Rae Wheatcroft, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust