Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

James Paget Hospital declares ‘major incident’ due to ‘unprecedented’ number of patients

20:14 04 January 2016

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

Archant

Patients are being urged to stay away from the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston unless their condition is “life-or-limb-threatening” as there are no free beds.

The declaration of a major incident for the first time in the hospital’s history is due to a massive increase in number of patients arriving at A&E, which have been steadily rising over the weekend.

Yesterday saw 93 ambulances attend the hospital; the average number for a Sunday is around 50.

Hospital chief executive Christine Allen said: “Declaring a major incident is not a situation which is taken lightly – and this is the first occasion in my time at the hospital that we have had to take this step due to unprecedented demand.

“The situation is this - all beds at the hospital are full and all additional bed space available when extra capacity is needed is now in use.

“Because of this, and to ensure the safety of our patients, we are working closely with the ambulance service to see how we can reduce pressure on our A and E department.

“It is important that local people are aware of the current situation at the JPUH. My message to them is: do not attend our A and E department unless your condition is life-or-limb-threatening.”

The hospital’s management is working with healthcare partners including the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group and East Coast Community Healthcare to ease pressure.

Staff are reviewing all patients on wards so that those patients who do not need hospital care can either go home or be moved to other units.

The hospital is also reviewing non-urgent surgery for the next few days and patients will be contacted if their surgery is cancelled.

Any patients cancelled will have their procedures re-scheduled, the hospital said.

It is the first of the region’s hospitals to declare a major incident this winter.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Victim of fatal road incident named

Police have named the man who died in a crash on the A12 at Wangford on Sunday.

Michael Murdon, from Woolpit

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man from Woolpit who may be in Felixstowe.

Video: Tornado spotted in Suffolk

36 minutes ago
Tornado spotted in Old Newton. Picture: Emma Cobbold

A mid-Suffolk resident has spoken of the “surreal” moment she spotted a tornado as she drove through the county this evening (Tuesday).

Television personality Cathy McGowan came to Ipswich in February 1967

Opening in 1967, Fanny was the first boutique to open in Ipswich, writes David Kindred,

A man has been charged after this crash on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which was carrying a steam engine.

A man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash involving a bus and a lorry.

Sebastian Beaumont-Hewitt and Tobey Bloomfield.

Beaver Scouts in Ipswich celebrate 30th anniversary in swine style.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24