‘Critical incident’ over A&E pressures declared by hospital trust

HSJ reported that Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has declared a “critical incident” due to pressures on its emergency services. The publication has seen a document that said the trust and wider system was experiencing “exceptional pressure”, with patient flow and discharges described as the biggest issue.

Mark Simmonds, NUH’s clinical director of urgent and emergency care, posted on Twitter that there were 160 patients in the emergency department and, at one point, 14 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes. A critical incident is a step up from a “black alert”. The trust reported black alerts over the summer. 

Full story in The HSJ, 6 November 2019