UHNM Critical Care – 27 November 2020

University Hospitals of North Midlands Briefing

 Critical Care Internal Critical Incident Level 4

As you will be aware, University Hospitals of North Midlands has been experiencing significant pressure across all areas at both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital, and particularly within its Critical Care service at Royal Stoke.

On Wednesday 25 November the Trust raised its internal incident level to Level 4 for Critical Care and has been urgently working through details with partners and colleagues across the Midlands Critical Care and Major Trauma Networks and neighbouring hospitals to reduce the impact on critical care of major trauma and other tertiary services and ensure patients receive the urgent care they require.

Please be informed that UHNM remains open for major trauma as part of its Major Trauma Centre status although has now agreed an interim arrangements with University Hospitals Birmingham Foundations NHS Trust and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust who will support the secondary transfer of trauma patients and those requiring Adult Critical Care support when it is needed. Discussions with regards to accessing other Major Trauma Centres are continuing.

This arrangement will remain in place until 1200 on 1 December and will be reviewed daily.

Additionally, there is an established Adult Critical Care Coordinating team supporting UHNM for secondary transfers and the team is in place 24/7 at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  During this time it will be necessary to transfer out some critical care patients to neighbouring hospitals.

The decision to transfer patients out of our hospital is not something we take lightly and we would like to apologise to our patients and families who are affected by this. Given the reduction in community infection rate of Covid-19 across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we are hoping that this position will be resolved quickly.




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