A HOSPITAL is operating under increased “pressure” following an influx of patients through its doors.
The University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton – which now serves Hartlepool since a shake-up of NHS services – usually operates at what is known as a NEEP level two.
The NEEP (North East Escalation Plan) calculates how busy a hospital is, with level one being the lowest and level six being the highest.
Last week though, the hospital was upgraded to a NEEP level three, due to a “significant increase” in ill patients needing care.
This means that hospital managers have to free up as many staff as possible, cancelling non-essential meetings and training courses where possible.
A North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “At the start of last week the trust moved from NEEP level two to level three following a significant increase in activity across the trust recently. Level three requires managers to consider if they can release clinical and non-clinical staff to help reduce these pressures and means all non-essential meetings and training courses are cancelled to free up resources.
“The NEEP levels are monitored several times a day and any action required to ease the pressure is taken as needed.
“We would like to thank all of our staff who have responded as they always do by ensuring our patients’ needs are met during these very busy periods.”