At the A&E at Milton Keynes University Hospital, there isn’t a spare bed anywhere.
This hospital has called in extra staff and opened up extra wards but the chief executive is still worried about what the future may bring.
Other Trusts in Bristol, Essex and Chester are in a similar position and have advised patients not to visit A&E unless in absolute emergency.
A number of other hospitals in Cornwall, Devon, Leicester and Kent have declared that they are Operational Pressures Escalation Level 4 (OPEL4) which means pressure in the system continues to escalate which “increases the potential for patient care and safety to be compromised”.
“The longer you wait in the A&E department, the more chance you have of a poor outcome,” said Dr Chris Moulton of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
“So yes, it is putting patients in danger. Not perhaps immediately and not perhaps everyone but people are definitely suffering by waiting.”