Health bosses have declared a ‘critical incident’ at Lincoln County Hospital over rising numbers of Covid-19 patients.
The suspension of patient visiting in all but exceptional cases continues.
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The critical incident – the highest alert level – means most face to face staff training remains cancelled, but vital core learning, study leave and annual leave can continue,
The Grantham & District Hospital ‘green site’ remains fully operational, carrying out urgent and cancer surgery for people from across Lincolnshire.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust deputy chief executive Mark Brassington said: “We declared a critical incident last night, Monday, January 4 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.”
He added: “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.”
The highest level of alert was previously declared at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston in November when the number of patients with Covid-19 at both hospitals rose from 56 to 175 in a week at a time of staff shortages.