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Southend Hospital no longer in critical internal incident

12 January 2016

Health Care

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."