Woolwich’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital saw its ever highest daily number of A&E patients in Monday this week.
The figure was revealed by the head of Woolwich and Lewisham NHS Trust. Ben Travis stated:
“The pressure on our services has felt relentless. And yesterday, history was made: the highest ever number of A&E attendances at QEH, 605 people through the door. A huge thank you to all my colleagues, on both hospital sites and in the community – your resilience is formidable.”
The hospital recently entered it’s most severe level of pressure and enacted a “code black” status, then also saw a norovirus outbreak.
Despite some increase in beds, the vast number of new-builds and local population increase appears to outpace service provision. Queen Mary in Sidcup lost its A&E service resulting in further pressure.