Full capacity stand down
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has this morning advised that it has stood down from its Full Capacity Protocol following the period of unprecedented pressure on emergency services since the turn of the New Year.
The trust’s chief operating officer Sharon Gilligan said:
“While we remain extremely busy we feel that we are ready to move back to business as usual. This has been a whole system effort to enable us to see, treat and get our sickest patient to the most appropriate care setting in a timely manner but our own staff are to be applauded for a truly fantastic effort in the face of such pressure.”
Members of the public are reminded to consider alternative options before presenting at A&E, including their pharmacist, GP, NHS111 or the Urgent Care Centres at Halton General Hospital and Widnes Healthcare Resource Centre to allow staff to focus on the very ill or injured patients. Information on alternative services can be found on the front page of the trust website www.whh.nhs.uk