Bristol hospitals remain on black alert

View of Southmead Hospital, Bristol
Image caption Southmead Hospital in Bristol remains on black alert

Hospitals in Bristol remain on black alert following "intense pressure" on their services.

Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Southmead all declared the highest level of alert earlier this week.

The situation has been blamed on many people "unnecessarily" using accident and emergency.

Health bosses said additional services have been introduced to try and ease pressure on the health care system.

In a statement the NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit said: "Whilst there is some improvement, the local health system across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire remains in 'system-wide black escalation' status.

"Additional capacity has also been put in place in community services, including at the minor injuries units in Clevedon and Yate and at South Bristol's Urgent Care Centre; the availability of GP out-of-hours appointments has also been increased."

The NHS uses a national internal alert system based on the colours green, amber, red and black to rank how busy a local health and social care system is.

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