Northampton

Northampton hospital 'close to capacity'

The South entrance to Northampton General
Image caption Northampton General Hospital has seen demand for accident and emergency services growing

The main hospital in Northamptonshire had a bed occupation rate close to capacity for nearly half of January.

The cause was a surge in numbers attending accident and emergency (A&E) at Northampton General Hospital.

The hospital was close to capacity for 12 out of 22 days and a long term trend of growing need has been revealed.

In 2005/06 the hospital saw 65,000 patients in A&E (178 a day), in 2011/12 it was 87,000 (238 a day) and by March 2013 90,000 (247 a day) are expected.

"Like many other hospitals in the country Northampton General Hospital saw record numbers of patients attending at our A&E department during January, many of whom required admission to hospital," a spokesman said.

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