Ambulances queue up at Norfolk & Norwich Hospital as black alert is declared again

Ambulances stacking up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: DENISE B

Ambulances stacking up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N) remains on black alert today because of pressure on its services.

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A spokesman for the hospital said 11 ambulances were queued in its ambulance bay at around 9pm last night.

But the EDP was told that there were up to 18 queuing at one point overnight.

It comes just one week after all three of the region's hospitals were placed on black alert – the highest level for pressure on services.

While there was a queue outside the hospital last night, the spokesman said that only six of the ambulances had patients inside.


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The spokesman added: 'Not all of those people will be going to A&E, as some are going straight to the wards.

'The number of ambulances will fluctuate throughout the evening, but we are definitely on black alert at the moment.'

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Last Tuesday, the N&N, James Paget University Hospital, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn were all placed on black alert.

It comes as the region's hospitals and ambulances are battling to hit crucial A&E waiting time and response time targets.

Should they fail to do so, they will be faced with fines from commissioners.

The EDP has previously reported how bosses at the N&N were told they face up to £8m in fines if targets are not hit.

•Have you been caught up in the black alert at the hospital or know someone who has? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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