The NHS in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has declared a system-wide critical incident due to ‘exceptionally high levels of demand’. Some routine operations are being postponed due to the increased pressure on services, but patients are being told to still attend their appointments unless told otherwise.
Covid pressures on the local NHS is continuing to rise following the Omicron wave, with 288 patients with coronavirus occupying beds at University Hospitals of North Midlands as of Tuesday. While far fewer people are getting seriously ill with the virus now, infection control measures reduce overall capacity.
A spokesman said: “Our hospitals are continuing to see exceptionally high levels of demand for the services we provide, along with the ongoing impacts of Covid-19, but we continue to prioritize those in most urgent need of treatment and urge people to get help when they need it by using NHS 111 online.
“As a system across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, we have had to call a critical incident. We apologise that some routine operations have been postponed but advise patients to attend appointments or operations unless contacted to reschedule. We are prioritizing cancer operations.
“We are very sorry for those impacted by this and we would like to assure you that, despite the challenges faced, essential services remain fully open for anyone who needs them so if you require urgent medical help, please continue to come forward.”
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