Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has declared an “internal critical incident” after being inundated with infected patients.
The hospital has said that 97% of beds are filled and warned the problem will get worse over the next few days as cases are rising in Devon.
Jo Beer, chief operating officer at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust said, “2The Trust entered an internal critical incident on Monday.
“The incident was declared due to high bed occupancy and a sustained high level of Emergency Department attendance converting into an above-average level of admission.
“We are experiencing our highest level of Covid occupancy of the third wave and expect this to increase further, as a result we have reconfigured our bed capacity to manage both Covid and non-Covid capacity but this needs continual review.
“Pressure is also being felt in the region’s wider health and social care system, this presents some impact on the ability to discharge patients into the community care settings when medically fit.”
Chief operating officer Kevin Baber there has been an increase in Covid admissions along with a greater demand on A&E departments which are partly to blame.
He added, “All in all we’ve probably got about a quarter of our bed stock tied up with managing the ongoing Covid pandemic and patients who are medically fit who could be cared for elsewhere.”