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14 Enero 2018, 09:53 | Martinez Canez
Flu epidemic hits UK Hospitals over Christmas
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has since spoken out about the severe NHS shortages, apologizing for the mass cancellations of non-urgent operations across the UK.
The hospital said the operation had to be cancelled as there was no high-dependency bed free after the operation and that January 17 was "the first available date".
There would also be more resources for ambulatory care and clinics as alternatives to hospital admissions, and a twice-daily review of all patients to facilitate discharge.
The news comes as the NHS across the country responds to a seasonal crisis with patients said to be at risk in overcrowded hospitals, due to a deluge of patients.
A further nine million people were sent home from A&E past year without needing lifesaving treatment, and just needing guidance and advice which could have been given at a pharmacy.
"I must stress, if you need urgent care, our highly skilled staff are here all day and all night, but there are other more appropriate alternatives, from NHS 111 to pharmacies, for common ailments and other illnesses".
Speaking in Wokingham, Berkshire, the Prime Minister thanked NHS staff for their "hard work" and acknowledged that there were "extra pressures" in winter.
The unusual measure has been taken to ease pressure on overstretched hospital staff who are already dealing with a spike in winter flu cases.
Local MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have told MKFM: "We understand the hospital has been under a lot of pressure in recent days due to an unusually high number of patients seeking emergency medical care".
He said the lack of beds meant the practice of "boarding" patients on trolleys was now common.
As well as the cancelling of non-urgent treatments, such as knee and hip replacements, hospitals have been given the green light to put patients on mixed sex wards and to bring Global Positioning System into A&E to help deal with patients.
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Among organisations contacted by the Press Association, Darent Valley Hospital A&E in Kent, Royal Cornwall Hospital and University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust have all said they have declared OPEL4 in the last week. A&E is really busy so it is important that patients only attend if it is an emergency or a life threatening condition.
"But I recognise for those people that have had their operations postponed this is disappointing, it's frustrating".
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