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Lincolnshire trust on red alert

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A ‘red alert’ has been declared at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust because of severe pressure on beds.

The trust is currently experiencing a 20% increase in emergency admissions and has been forced to open an additional 80 beds as a result.

General manager for emergency care at the trust, George Briggs, said no single incident has caused this pressure, but said staff were working together to bring the situation under control.

‘With the continued support of our staff, we have opened additional beds and taken other actions to manage the situation,’ he said. ‘Additional ward rounds ensure people who are well enough to go home are discharged in a timely fashion which then frees up beds for other patients. We are working with Lincolnshire PCT and social services to help move patients with less severe medical conditions.’

A spokesperson for the trust said no extra temporary nurses had been employed to deal with the situation.

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