Plea from Stoke and Stafford hospital bosses as wards reach full capacity

Bosses at hospitals in Stoke and Stafford are asking for support from families, as they try to safely bring forward the discharge of patients who're medically fit to go home.

Both sites are currently operating at full capacity, due to a high number of admissions and a large number of acutely unwell patients already on wards.

The high number of patients on wards who are medically fit to go home is preventing other patients from being admitted.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is appealing for immediate support from the relatives of patients so they can be discharged home today.

Additional staff are being made available today to contact families.

Dr John Oxtoby, Medical Director, said: “We’re appealing for the support of all those families with a relative in hospital to help get them home today.

"If you are called by the ward informing you that your relative is going home today, please take immediate action to either collect them or to prepare their home for their arrival. I would also ask all those not in a serious or life-threatening emergency to use your GP, local pharmacy or NHS 111.

"I would like to apologise to all those patients waiting to be admitted to a bed and reassure them that we are doing everything we can to speed up their admission."

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