More beds are available at Peterborough City Hospital.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust has declared an “internal major incident” and is urging people to consider whether their illness is urgent before they go to hospital.
The trust is working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to alert GPs across the area to the lack of available hospital beds and to call upon their assistance to help manage a higher-than-usual level of severe illness in the community.
Director of quality and chief nurse at the trust Chris Wilkinson said: “This is a local health system-wide problem. There are a greater number of people needing a hospital bed for longer as they are very ill, while we are still experiencing higher-than-usual numbers of people being admitted via the emergency department.
“These two issues combined put extreme pressure on the hospital’s bed capacity. This is also reflected in the community, where there is a current shortfall of places for hospital patients to be discharged to.”
People are being urged to consider going to the minor injuries unit at Stamford Hospital or go to their doctor or pharmacy first.
Planned non-emergency operations at the hospital have been cancelled as the hospital has no free beds to care for patients after their operations.
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