Southend Hospital Stands Down 'Critical' Alert

Southend Hospital has downgraded its alert status from 'critical' to 'black'.

Southend Hospital Pic: NHS

It had been raised yesterday following pressure on its A&E department, becayse of "continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds with the hospital already operating at full capacity".

Chief executive Sue Hardy said: "Thanks to a great deal of hard work yesterday afternoon and evening/overnight, we have been able to step down this morning from this heightened alert status but do remain on black alert.

"The hospital is still incredibly busy and I want to reassure you all that our focus remains of ensuring good patient care."

The hospital has been on 'black' alert status for the last 10 days and this has meant non-urgent elective procedures and some out-patient appointments cancelled to allow the most ill patients to take priority, with around 30 extra beds opened.

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On TV: 55 Biggest 90s Club Classics

10pm - 2am

Watch heart TV

  • Livin' Joy Dreamer

    22:29

    iTunes

  • Olive You're Not Alone

    22:22

    iTunes

  • Mousse T Horny

    22:18

    iTunes

  • Phats & Small Turn Around

    22:15

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter