‘Black alert’ is lifted at King’s Mill

Kings Mill Hospital GV
Kings Mill Hospital GV

Health chiefs have said that a ‘black alert’ at King’s Mill Hospital last month has since been lifted.

A black alert is when ‘all actions have failed to contain service pressure and the local health economy is unable to deliver comprehensive emergency care’.

This could mean a lack of beds or staff.

It was put in place last month because of ‘an unprecedented number of patients attended King’s Mill Hospital’s emergency department’.

Sue Barnett, of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Activity has increased throughout the year with 8.5 per cent more patients attending our hospitals.

“Robust plans are in place to manage the additional pressures on our services. We are grateful to colleagues who have been working extra shifts in our hospitals and in the community to maintain the high standards of care that people expect and deserve.

“We have been working closely with all of our health and social care partners to ensure patients who no longer require a hospital stay are discharged and supported in the most appropriate environment for them. Patients are only discharged when it is safe to do so.”

The black alert status has since been lifted.