Pressures continue at Southend Hospital
06 January 2015
Following a review meeting today, Southend University Hospital remains on ‘black alert’. This continues to be due to a higher than usual number of acutely ill patients requiring hospital beds.
In light of the continuing pressures, the executive team and
lead clinicians have agreed to cancel non-emergency operations over
the next 24 hours. This is part of a wider range of measures
being undertaken at the trust to safely manage the issues and make
beds available to admit very unwell patients from the emergency
Emergency and cancer-related operations will carry on.
Jon Findlay, chief operating officer at Southend University
Hospital, said: "We are extremely sorry that we have had to
postpone some patients' operations this week. The hospital
has been incredibly busy and in these circumstances we have to
prioritise the most urgent patients.
"Cancelling non-emergency operations will help us to free up
beds as well as doctors, nurses and other staff who have been
redeployed to areas of the hospital that are experiencing the
"We do appreciate that it is very inconvenient for appointments
and operations to be postponed. I would like to apologise to any
patient who has been affected by these circumstances and thank
everybody for their understanding and support in ensuring we can
continue to provide the best quality of care to those patients with
the greatest need.
"The position is under constant review and our teams are working
extremely hard to help us get back on track and resume normal
operating which we hope to do in the next few days."
Sue Hardy, acting chief executive, said "Like most other trusts
across Essex and the wider region, we are seeing a surge in acutely
unwell patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted.
"Our staff are working extremely hard to cope with the current
pressures while maintaining high standards of care, and I'd like to
thank them for their commitment during this difficult period."