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East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

Praise for staff as trust steps down from major incident status

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An unexpected and unexplained peak in inpatient demand is starting to ease at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

On 10 April the trust initiated the use of internal major incident procedures to ensure the continuity of safety “in the face of an unprecedented number of very unwell people needing hospital care”. The accident and emergency department faced particular pressure.

Outpatients clinics were cancelled and their staff moved to work on inpatient hospital wards among a range of other measures.

The trust said it had stepped down from the status on Monday morning, following hard work from its staff during the past seven days.

A trust spokesman said: “East Kent Hospitals is no longer running Major Incident – Internal Disruption as of Monday 15 April 2013.

“No discernable reason, as yet, has been found for the significant increase in numbers of acute patients that the trust’s three main hospitals received in the past month.”

Julie Pearce, chief nurse and director of quality and operations, added: “All staff have put in a fantastic team effort to provide safe and effective care under difficult circumstances.”

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