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No Crisis For Local Hospitals On Red Alert
While there is
a Red Alert across the NHS, hospitals in Coventry and
Warwickshire are operating almost as normal.
to work is the main problem affecting hospitals in the area, but
there is plenty of fuel to keep the building going for weeks.
NHS Trust said ‘only a handful’ of staff have been unable to
make it to work, and in Warwick staff have got together to pool
lifts to get in.
some non–emergency appointments have been postponed because of
a lack of fuel to get patients to the hospital, but the service
is still available if the patients can get there some other way.
More than 100
appointments have been put back so far as ambulances are able to
pick up about half the normal number of patients for routine
appointments at Walsgrave.
They are being
prioritised, giving people in most need a lift to hospital. In
Warwick, ambulances are working normally to collect people.
It is a similar
case at the Coventry and Warwickshire and Rugby St Cross
hospitals, where the cause of concern is getting staff to work.
Hospitals are working at full strength when staff arrive.
site is well stocked with fuel and supplies, and deliveries are
largely unaffected so far.
West Midlands operating a full service, and not expecting fuel
supply problems till the middle of next week, there are plenty
of buses serving the hospital.
deputy chief executive of the Walsgrave NHS Trust, said this
enough fuel for heating and lighting for weeks.
ambulance service is running about half of the non-emergency
journeys to get people here for appointments.
to 150 appointments who would normally come in for
appointments are being contacted to see that we are working
normally if they can get here some other way.
constantly reviewing the situation. I would say staff are
finding it more difficult to get to work, and that is our main
at Warwick Hospital said:
running a normal service. Operations and outpatients clines
are running as normal.
effect has been the staff, but they have been marvellous. We
have changed some rotas and most are getting in as normal.
been sharing lifts and in a few cases we have been to collect
staff who just would not be able to get in otherwise.
hearing changing stories all the time about what is going to
happen next. So far our deliveries have been coming in as
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