No major incident at KGH despite pressure

Kettering General Hospital says it has not declared a major incident despite continuing significant pressure on its accident and emergency services and beds in recent weeks
Kettering General Hospital says it has not declared a major incident despite continuing significant pressure on its accident and emergency services and beds in recent weeks

Kettering General Hospital says it has not declared a major incident despite continuing significant pressure on its accident and emergency services and beds in recent weeks.

The hospital trust made the announcement last week to allay patient fears. A spokesman said: “We have not declared a major incident.

“The trust is facing very significant pressures in A&E, on bed capacity and on our ability to discharge patients.

“As with many trusts across the country, the hospital is still experiencing pressures which started to build up in early December and have continued to rise in the following weeks.

“To ensure all of our patients are treated safely we have internal escalation processes in place.

“Part of the escalation process includes the cancellation of a number of planned operations and we apologise for having to rearrange routine operations, but our first priority must be to appropriately treat our medical emergencies.”

Last month, the Telegraph reported how Kettering General Hospital was placed on the highest alert level possible – black – on one day.

It led to additional staff being called in, more beds being opened and routine operations being cancelled.

Senior staff at the hospital meet five times a day to discuss the alert levels and plan actions.