Southend Hospital services under extreme pressure
13 June 2016
Following a review meeting today, Southend University Hospital has declared an internal critical incident to its external health and local authority partners as high demand continues.
The hospital is seeing very high numbers of patients arriving in
the Emergency Department with the hospital already operating at
In light of the continuing pressures on the hospital's emergency
and acute services, the trust has declared an internal critical
incident and is implementing measures to safely manage the issues
and make beds available to admit very unwell patients from the
Jon Findlay, Chief Operating Officer, said "We have seen
incredibly high attendance in our Emergency Department this morning
with ambulances and patients continuing to arrive. We have no
available beds in the hospital and are working closely with our
partners at the Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities
to allow us to safely discharge patients who are medically fit so
that we can free up beds for new admissions.
"Like other trusts across Essex and the wider region, the
pressure on our services is not abating. 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.
"I must urge members of the public to think very carefully about
using Southend's A&E and to consider whether it would be more
appropriate to visit their GP, call NHS 111 or speak with a
pharmacist. Patients attending the Emergency Department with
a non-urgent condition during this critical incident will have to
wait much longer than usual to be seen while emergency patients are
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.