QA Hospital uses extra beds to deal with '˜black alert'
EXTRA beds are being used to help Queen Alexandra Hospital deal with an increase ofÂ patients.
The Cosham hospital sawÂ '˜record' numbers through its emergency department on SundayÂ as temperatures continue to rise.
It spent Monday on '˜black alert'Â meaning pressure on the local system leaves it unable to deliver comprehensive care. The level has since been de-esculated to red.
A spokeswoman said: '˜WhileÂ there remains significant demand for our urgent care services, our staff are working extremely hard to ensureÂ patients are seen and treated as quickly as possible.
'˜We are working closelyÂ with our partners in primary care, community providers and social care to ensure all preventative measures are taken.
'˜WeÂ are monitoring our staffing levels on a daily basis to ensure we can continue to care for our patients safely and take action as required.
'˜Since the weekend we have used a small number of escalation beds in order to maintain the flow of patients through the hospital.'