Darent Valley Hospital in temporary closure after reaching 'full capacity'

News Shopper: Darent Valley was closed yesterday morning after reaching "full capacity". Darent Valley was closed yesterday morning after reaching "full capacity".

DARENT Valley Hospital was closed to admissions for six-and-a-half-hours yesterday morning.

The “short closure” from 5am to 11.30am stopped GPs and ambulance teams from referring or dropping off patients after every bed in the hospital was full up.

Children and those visiting A&E on foot were not affected as doctors were allowed extra time to make ward rounds and discharge patients to cope with the seasonal surge in numbers.

A spokesman for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust said ambulance crews decided which was the most appropriate hospital to use instead of Darent Valley.

Options included Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

He added: “Any patient in immediate need of emergency treatment would of course be seen.”

Clinical accountable officer for Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group Dr David Woodhead, said: “This is the busiest time of year for the NHS and Darent Valley Hospital reached its full capacity.

“The hospital therefore had to close for a short time until beds became available.

“Throughout the short closure we liaised closely with all our partners at other hospitals in the region, the ambulance service, Kent County Council and GP surgeries to manage the current demand effectively.”

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11:01am Fri 4 Jan 13

Malachai says...

Great idea to close Queen Mary's A&E!

absolute joke!
Great idea to close Queen Mary's A&E! absolute joke! Malachai
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1:24pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Mr-Man says...

Macachai - took the words right out of my mouth
Macachai - took the words right out of my mouth Mr-Man
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2:07pm Fri 4 Jan 13

rojo174 says...

including the :L:
including the :L: rojo174
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9:53pm Fri 4 Jan 13

mouthalmighty says...

Great idea to close siddcup and now Lewisham. Don't forget the reason NHS was set up.
Great idea to close siddcup and now Lewisham. Don't forget the reason NHS was set up. mouthalmighty
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