NHS Covid crisis: full list of 12 hospitals that declared ‘critical incidents’

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust are among hospital trusts that have reported critical incidents

Furness Hospital in Barrow, one of hospitals hit by severe staff shortages and rising number of Covid patients

A total of 12 hospitals have declared “critical incidents” amid increasing staff absences caused by Covid.

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust are among hospital trusts that have reported they may be unable to provide life-saving care to patients due to lack of staff.

Meanwhile, 17 Greater Manchester hospitals have suspended surgeries and elective appointments, although a critical incident has yet to be declared at the sites.

It comes after 15% of hospital staff in Greater Manchester fell ill with Covid or had to self-isolate.

The usual figure for staff absences during the winter is only 5%.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said hospitals are able to get help from nearby hospitals and other NHS trusts after reporting critical incidents.

He added: “It is a smart and planned thing to do to ensure that the trust can continue to provide the services it needs, especially the critical and essential services.”

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, also declared a critical incident



Despite this, Mr Hopson also pointed out that while there are staff shortages within the NHS, they are localized.

Some estimate that up to a quarter of the staff could be absent from work due to the coronavirus, but Mr Hopson said the data does not suggest this is the case.

The five trusts that publicly declared a critical incident were responsible for 12 hospitals.

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust operates Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster and Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for Blackpool Victoria Hospital and two smaller community hospitals – Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital.

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Lincolnshire United Hospitals NHS Trust

Blackpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire

Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) operates Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston and County Hospital Louth.

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates a single hospital, the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.

And the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, which is responsible for Derriford Hospital, is the latest to report a major incident, citing “heavy pressure” on emergency care and growing demand for Covid-19 beds.

The management of one of the trusts involved, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS, said “extreme and unprecedented” staff shortages, due to the fact that so many doctors are not isolated, are expected to result in “compromised care”.

Meanwhile, Morecambe Bay Teaching Hospitals General Manager Aaron Cummins confirmed in a statement that the trust declared an “internal critical incident.”

Health bosses have announced critical incident at Lincoln County Hospital due to growing number of Covid-19 patients and staff shortages



In an internal message from Mr Cummins shared on Twitter, he told staff that “unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, many of our patients are still receiving a lower level of care and experience than we would expect. “.

Jo Beer, director of operations at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said the trust communicated to staff this morning that Derriford Hospital was operating in a critical internal incident.

“We currently have 99 Covid-19 positive patients in Derriford and our three community hospitals and just under 500 staff absent for reasons related to Covid-19,” she said.

She said they didn’t want people to be alarmed; the decision to escalate the situation was taken as a move to allow the trust to take additional steps to maintain safe services for patients and help staff cope with increasing pressures.

“We operate at extremely high occupancy rates and, like a number of other hospitals across the country, we are currently seeing a dramatic increase in demand for our services. The attendance of our emergency service is high; there are constant challenges with discharging patients. who are doing well enough to leave the hospital, and we are seeing an increase in staff illnesses, resulting in longer wait times than we would like for patients to be seen and admitted, ”she said. declared.

The government said on Monday that 42 more people had died in England within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there are now 174,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

During a visit to a vaccination center on Monday, the prime minister said he appreciated the pressure on staff and that it was “essential to make sure to help them in trying to contain the pandemic” by getting vaccinated and following plan B. the measurements.

The prime minister said he appreciates the pressures on staff


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Speaking at the Guttman Center at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, he warned that it would be “absolute folly to say this thing is now over except the screams”.

But he also said it was “very encouraging” to see children being bitten before they went back to school.

Speaking to staff, Mr Johnson noted that people of “all ages” were lining up to get vaccinated.

“Lots of kids too, it’s very encouraging to see. All the children get bitten before they go back to school, ”he said.

It comes as some students returned to class yesterday with new advice for wearing masks in class.

This decision was recommended for secondary school students in England, alongside twice-weekly tests.

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