All outpatient appointments at Queen Alexandra Hospital have been cancelled due to a major incident.
In the midst of the NHS’s winter crisis, another hospital has declared a major incident and canceled all outpatient appointments.
A “significant water leak” has affected large sections of Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
For the time being, only dialysis and chemotherapy appointments will be held at the hospital.
People have been advised not to attend appointments this morning by NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.
“As a result of a significant water leak affecting large areas of the Queen Alexandra Hospital site, we have declared a major incident,” the hospital, which has nearly 1,000 beds and an emergency department, said in a statement.
All outpatient appointments for today (Friday, January 7th, 2022) have been canceled.
“Please accept our apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.”
We will reschedule as soon as possible.
The dialysis and chemotherapy appointments will go on as planned.
“We’ll keep you informed of any changes and their potential impact on other services.”
Outpatients may receive a call from the department to schedule a virtual appointment instead, according to Hampshire Live.
A major incident is an occurrence or situation that has a number of serious ramifications and necessitates the implementation of special plans.
Staff shortages, exacerbated by COVID-19, have resulted in a number of major incidents in hospitals across the UK this month.
Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s University Hospitals, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, and Great Western Hospitals in Wiltshire have all been particularly hard hit.
“The NHS is under enormous pressure,” Boris Johnson said this week.
“I won’t provide a definition of what being overwhelmed means because I believe that different trusts and different places will feel overwhelmed at different times.”