Since early March Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been extremely busy operationally and this trend continues.
We continue to have a very high number of patients attending the hospital and our teams in both the emergency department and inpatient wards are working hard to provide the highest standards of care.
Dr Christopher Tibbs, Deputy Chief Executive and Medical Director said: “Operationally we’ve had a really busy start to the year with and we’re still seeing and treating a large number of very poorly patients – all our beds are full.
“Over the Easter weekend we took over the contract for providing adult community health services in Guildford and Waverley in partnership with the GP Federation, Procare Health.
“We’ve always worked closely with our community partners, but as part of the same organisation we will continue to improve flow through the healthcare system.
“People in the community can support us by always ensuring that they are making the most appropriate choice for their care needs.
“If you are unsure of the best place to get the care you need, call the free NHS 111 helpline for advice and the team will be able to direct you to the most appropriate place. There is also a lot of information about the services available to you on the NHS Choices website.
“It is important that people don’t attend the emergency department unless absolutely necessary. Our emergency department treats patients according to clinical priority, so please be aware that patients with less urgent needs may wait longer than usual.”