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NUH update: Critical Incident remains in place for Nottingham Hospitals

A critical incident covering the whole Nottingham and Nottinghamshire NHS system remains in place today (10 January 2024).

The critical incident was declared by NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on 3 January, in response to the high number of people needing care, combined with a reduction in staffing levels, which have led to very long waits in our A&E departments and for admission to our wards.

Although staffing levels have now improved, the system remains under severe pressure, and we are not yet in a position to remove the critical incident status. The increased demand is due to a number of factors, particularly the number of people presenting with seasonal and respiratory illnesses such as flu and Covid.

Declaring a critical incident has enabled NHS organisations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to work even closer together by sharing resources, spreading demand more evenly and appropriately across different services and closer collaboration with social care colleagues to speed up discharges. This is helping to significantly reduce the impact of staff shortages and additional demand we have been experiencing.

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