Patients turned away from QA hospital in Portsmouth for third time in 10 days

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PATIENTS have had to be turned away from Queen Alexandra Hospital for a third time in 10 days.

The Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Cosham hospital, has confirmed ambulances had to take patients elsewhere on Saturday due to mounting pressure.

It is the third time in less than two weeks where patients have been turned away at QA.

As revealed in The News on Monday, 11 people were taken to Southampton General Hospital and one to St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, between 11am and 2pm on October 28.

Then, on November 5, the trust had to put out a second ‘divert alert’, leading to nine patients being taken to Southampton.

It comes as the PHT’s chief executive, Ursula Ward, told The News that up to 150 beds at QA – the same as four entire wards – are being taken up by patients who should not be there.