Lincoln County Hospital has declared “a critical incident,” after a surge of coronavirus patients which is another sign the NHS are at “breaking point.”
On Monday the NHS announed that admissions across England are now at a record high, and they are seeing more Covid patients than in the peak in April 2020.
Deputy chief executive, Mark Brassington of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said, “We declared a critical incident last night, Monday 4 January 2021 at Lincoln County Hospital due to the large number of patients requiring admission. We are sorry for the waits that our patients have faced yesterday and overnight.
“The incident is being managed internally with support from our partners, and patients should continue to attend appointments unless contacted directly.
“The number of inpatients who have been confirmed as having COVID-19 across our sites remains higher than in wave one and we remain extremely busy across our wards and intensive care units.
“Our position is compounded by challenges with staffing due to a lack of availability of colleagues due to a number of factors.
“We would like to thank all of our colleagues for all they are doing to support each other and for continuing to care for patients during these difficult times.
“The public can help by ensuring they follow government guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and by ensuring they use the most appropriate NHS service for their condition.”