Southend Hospital no longer in critical internal incident
12 January 2016
Following a review meeting this morning, Southend University Hospital has stepped down from critical internal incident status.
Chief executive Sue Hardy said: "Thanks to a great deal of hard
work yesterday afternoon and evening/overnight, we have been able
to step down this morning from this heightened alert status but do
remain on black alert.
"The hospital is still incredibly busy and I want to reassure
you all that our focus remains of ensuring good patient care."
The hospital escalated its status to its external health and
local authority partners yesterday afternoon due to continuing high
numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds with the hospital
already operating at full capacity.
The hospital has been in black alert status for the past 10 days
which has seen non urgent routine elective procedures and some
outpatient appointments cancelled to enable the most ill patients
take priority, with around 30 extra beds opened.
This was 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 department.
Sue Hardy said: "I want to thank our staff from every ward and
department, every profession and every grade for the commitment and
dedication they have shown to our patients throughout the
challenges we have faced."