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NUH Critical Incident Update: 60 patients wait for beds, while 196 wait to go home

The local healthcare system in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire continues to face sustained pressures and we remain in a critical incident.

Nottingham University Hospitals updates the situation on Tuesday 3 January:

Our staff are working tirelessly to care for patients, but the demand on our services is causing very long waits for patients to be seen in our Emergency Department (ED) and then to be admitted to a ward. This is causing overcrowding in our ED.

  • There are more than 118 people in ED at QMC with 60 patients waiting to be admitted to a ward.
  • More than 196 patients in our hospitals have been medically fit to be discharged for more than 24 hours and are waiting to be discharged.
  • We are caring for 165 patients with flu and a further 137 patients with COVID on our wards

Our emergency services remain open and you should continue to come forward as normal in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. Our aim is to prioritise patients with the highest level of need and ensure that we continue to manage emergency care.

We continue to ask that if your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do so as early as possible. This will help our teams and free up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.

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What you can do to help

  • If your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do so as early as possible. This will help our teams and free up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.
  • Only call 999 or attend A&E departments for serious accidents and for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS111 online or by calling 111
  • Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC) treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds and other non-emergency conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E. UTCs are available at:
    • Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-7pm. You don’t need an appointment to attend.
    • Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9am-10pm (last patient admitted at 9.30pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
    • Ilkeston Community Hospital – is open 8am-8pm. It can be found on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN. You can book into this service via 111.
  • Flu and Covid-19 are currently circulating in the community, so stay at home if you have symptom and get your jabs if you are eligible. More details about how to get your flu and Covid-19 jab can be found here and here
  • Pharmacies can help with allergies, constipation, headaches, earaches and many other ailments. Many pharmacies are open and you can find opening hours for your local pharmacy here
  • Please do not visit your loved ones in hospital if you have any flu or other respiratory illness symptoms – please wait until you are better to visit them.

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