Wythenshawe Hospital 'internal major incident plan' lifted after 'significant pressures'

Wythenshawe hospital Image copyright David Long/Geograph
Image caption Staff at Wythenshawe Hospital had struggled to cope with patient numbers and there was a shortage of beds

A hospital's internal major incident plan, declared because of "significant pressures" in its A&E unit and bed shortages, has ended.

Planned operations were postponed at Wythenshawe Hospital on Tuesday and patients were urged to only attend A&E in a genuine emergency.

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said it was busy but "back to business as usual".

It said the internal major incident was declared to ensure patient safety.

A trust spokesperson added: "We took the difficult decision to postpone a number of planned operations... to ensure our patients and services were safe.

"An internal incident response at Wythenshawe Hospital has now been de-escalated. Our A& E is still busy and our staff are working hard to maintain patient safety and high standards of care."

Patients who do not have a "serious health condition" are being asked to access alternative healthcare professionals.

This was the first internal major incident declared at Wythenshawe Hospital.

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