The number of patients going to Wythenshawe is understood to have shot up since November 28, the same day A&E services were stopped at nearby Trafford General
Routine operations have been cancelled at Wythenshawe Hospital after a surge in patients to its A&E department.
The hospital has described the situation as extreme, with surgery beds having to be used for A&E patients.
The number of patients going to Wythenshawe is understood to have shot up since November 28, the same day A&E services were stopped at nearby Trafford General.
Health campaigners who fought to keep Trafford’s A&E open have described the situation as ‘terrifying’.
It is understood that staff are being moved from other wards at Wythenshawe to the emergency department to try and cope with demand, thought to be at its busiest from 8pm to 2am.
A memo to staff at Wythenshawe Hospital, seen by the M.E.N. reveals routine surgery has been cancelled until further notice apart from procedures for patients with cancer and some other conditions. And it says A&E is ‘at black’, meaning there are no free beds.
Consultants have also been asked to discharge a third of all patients ready to go home by 11am each morning in a bid to free up beds. More nursing staff are currently being recruited by the hospital to meet targets in assessing and treating patients admitted through the casualty unit.
In the memo, Deb Sutton, interim chief operating officer at Wythenshawe tells staff: “As a result of a significant increase in attendance and admissions in the trust since Thursday, November 28, the trust is now at black for our A&E performance with patients attending in large numbers at peak times between 8pm-2am.
“This means that at times we need an increased number of senior doctors and nurses to assess our patients, and we do not have enough beds available in our system to accommodate the patients who need them in A&E.”