Trust on A&E ‘red alert’

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THE trust that runs Queen Alexandra Hospital is on ‘red alert’ as it battles to reduce waiting times in A&E.

It is the second-highest alert and comes after black, which the whole A&E system was on for six days until yesterday.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is hosting three meetings a day between commissioners, community healthcare providers, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and South Central Ambulance Service, to try to solve the problem.

At its peak, more than 100 people were waiting to be seen. Different schemes such hiring more staff, discharging patients quicker and opening more community beds helped reduce the number.

People are being reminded to call the NHS 111 number for non-urgent medical care and to use their GP, pharmacy or walk-in centres.