|Derbyshire health and care system declares Critical Incident and announces measures to protect patient safety|
Detail from NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board
|The Derbyshire health and care system is currently exceptionally busy, with pressure on services reaching new levels in the last 24 hours. Due to the significant and sustained demand for services, a critical incident has been declared to help prioritise and maintain safe services for patients. This decision was taken at 15:55 on Tuesday 20th December. The system’s Gold and Silver command is in operation to manage the incident, working in conjunction with NHS England. The critical incident status will be kept under review.
We continue to see an increased number of patients arriving at hospital by ambulance. There are also extended waiting times for patients to access beds in our hospitals following arrival in Emergency Departments. There are also difficulties discharging patients due to due lack of capacity across our community care sector.
We have plans for times of increased pressure, but our ability to continue to find solutions is being tested to extreme levels. Our teams continue to work exceptionally hard and we would like to reassure our patients and the public that despite the challenges faced, the NHS remains open for care, but it is really important that people to think carefully about where is best to go for the help they need.
The public can take steps to help us.
Health and care services continue to work together to resolve the situation. Measures we have taken to help manage and alleviate pressure have included:
We will continue to prioritise patients in order of clinical need to ensure that we can continue to manage emergency care. We are working hard to protect planned appointments and operations for patients who have an urgent need or have already waited a long time for their procedure. If you are not contacted directly, please continue to attend your appointment for all services and continue to call 999 where there is a threat to life.
Please continue to treat all NHS and care staff with the respect they deserve. Our hard-working staff and volunteers are doing all they can to keep patients safe and supported.
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