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Ambulances diverted and elective surgery cancelled due to ‘exceptional’ demand at Addenbrooke’s Hospital


By Gemma Gardner


Ambulances are being diverted and elective surgery has been cancelled at Addenbrooke’s Hospital due to “exceptional levels of acutely unwell patients needing beds”.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that the hospital is at operational pressures escalation level (Opel) 4 – the highest level of alert.

A Cambridge University Hospital spokesman said: “We can confirm that the hospital is at Opel Level Four, the highest level of alert, after seeing exceptional levels of acutely unwell patients needing inpatient beds. We are taking action to ease pressures and create flow through the hospital

“We are temporarily diverting ambulances to other trusts and elective surgery has been cancelled. We would like to apologise to patients for the inconvenience.

“Patients can help us at this time by only coming into A&E if it is an accident or emergency and by not bringing large numbers of family or friends into the department where seating is at a premium.”

Details of further medical support can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group website.



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