Hospital on black alert as patients face diversions and long waits in A&E

A hospital has been placed on the highest level of alert as it battles to control demand from patients and a shortage of beds.

One patient at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton was reported to have waited for more than 20 hours in the accident and emergency department before they could be moved on to a ward.

Another patient reportedly waited more than 12 hours to be formally handed over to hospital staff by the ambulance service because the department was too busy to take them when they were brought in.

Full story in The Argus 25 February 2016