RHCH Stood Down After Emergency


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The RHCH in Winchester has been stood down after supporting a major incident at UHS in Southampton. But the extra pressure means some operations scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) have been called off.

The stand-down follows the restoration of services at Southampton General Hospital earlier in the day following a major power failure.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been stood down from receiving ambulances diverted from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Both the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital were asked to act as receiving hospitals for patients being diverted from Southampton.

Julie Maskery is chief operating officer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital: “The response of all of our staff, both clinical and non-clinical, and partners was magnificent. We have now been told that we will no longer be receiving diverted ambulances and I have therefore instructed the teams to stand down.

“Our hospitals remain very busy, so I would urge the public to use the NHS 111 helpline to help them decide whether visiting our emergency departments is the best course of action.

“As a result of the extra pressure placed on our services, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone all elective orthopaedic operations due to take place on Thursday 29 November at Winchester hospital. All other services will continue as normal.

”We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and would like to thank our patients for their understanding. All affected patients will be contacted and postponed operations will be rescheduled as soon as possible.”