London Covid: Pictures show ambulances queuing outside Royal London Hospital hours before new lockdown – My London

Shocking pictures show ambulances queuing outside a London hospital hours before the new lockdown kicks in.

Signs on the Royal London Hospital doors have revealed all visiting is suspended due to Covid 19.

The Whitechapel hospital declared it was in ‘disaster medicine mode’ and unable to provide a ‘high standard critical care’ and emergency vehicles were forced to line up outside the hospital on Tuesday, December 29.

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NHS chiefs emailed Royal London Hospital staff at the time saying they were overwhelmed and “no longer providing high standard critical care, because we cannot”.

The email revealed in full by ITV News read: “We are now in disaster medicine mode. We are no longer providing high standard critical care, because we cannot.

A sign on the door at Royal London hospital reveals all visiting is suspended due to Covid 19
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“While this is far from ideal, it’s the way things are, and the way they have to be for now.”

Ambulances queuing outside Royal London hospital

“Every hospital in North East London is struggling, some with insufficient oxygen supplies, all with insufficient nursing numbers.

“Believe it or not, Royal London critical care is coping well relative to some sites.”

MyLondon has reached out to Royal London for comment.

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