Southend Hospital declares ‘significant internal incident’
05 May 2015
Southend University Hospital has declared a significant internal incident following a busier than normal Bank Holiday weekend. As a result the Accident and Emergency Department is also facing increased pressures.
The 'significant internal incident' is being reviewed by the
hospital at regular intervals.
The decision has been taken to cancel some elective operations,
this does not cover emergency or cancer related surgery. Patients
have been notified in person this afternoon and unless patients
have been contacted they should continue to attend their
appointments as arranged unless contacted by the hospital.
To assist the hospital in dealing with the situation, it would
like to remind members of the public to only visit the accident and
emergency department if they are seriously unwell or critically
Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are
all considered emergencies, and those with symptoms like this
should not hesitate to visit their local A&E department.
Sue Hardy, chief executive at Southend University Hospital,
said: "The emergency department is extremely busy and patients are
being warned that those attending with 'non-urgent' conditions will
wait much longer than usual as patients are prioritised according
to how unwell they are.
"We would like to remind anyone who is unsure of the best course
of action to always ring NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours a day,
seven days a week."
If you need more than telephone advice when your GP is closed,
then you can avoid several hours' wait in the emergency department
by telephoning NHS 111 for an appointment with your GP's
out-of-hours service which runs from 6.30pm until 8.00am Monday to
Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
In many instances, pharmacies are a good choice.
Pharmacists can help give advice and over-the-counter remedies for
diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, coughs and colds, as well
as selling bandages and supports for minor twists and sprains.