Stevenage’s Lister Hospital ran out of beds last week, latest figures show

PUBLISHED: 15:25 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 12 January 2018

The East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs Stevenages Lister Hospital, was one of more than 80 NHS trusts in England to be infected by WannaCry, as well as 595 GP practices. Picture: East and North Herts NHS Trust.

The East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs Stevenages Lister Hospital, was one of more than 80 NHS trusts in England to be infected by WannaCry, as well as 595 GP practices. Picture: East and North Herts NHS Trust.

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Stevenage’s Lister Hospital did not have a single bed available during a day last week, the latest figures have revealed.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust previously asked residents to avoid A&E unless critically ill because “extreme pressure” was pushing it to breaking point.

NHS England’s latest available figures show that on January 3, all 585 of its open General and Acute (G&A) beds were taken – while the most recent record on January 7 showed it was 99.3 per cent full.

It continues the trend set over the festive period when the occupancy rate consistently remained in the high 90s – peaking at 99 per cent on December 28.

NHS England has set an 85 per cent occupancy rate target to ensure hospitals are prepared to handle additional pressure.

The trust issued another statement on its website yesterday (Thursday) saying: “The Lister Hospital in Stevenage remains very busy, with the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted remaining high.

“Emergency department doctors are continuing to ask people not to go to A&E unless it’s a life or limb-threatening emergency, or if they have been advised to go there by a healthcare professional.”

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