Pandemic Pressures Hit Local Hospital

Swindon’s Great Western Hospital declared a “critical incident” a few days ago after facing increased pressures.

This was due to a large number of patients on site receiving care for Covid-19.

There were also issues being faced by local ambulance crews waiting a long time to hand over patients to the hospital emergency department.

A statement from the hospital said “We are working closely with our partners across the region to look at extra staffing capacity to assist with the sheer numbers of patients needing care, as well as how we can speed up discharges for those who are ready to go home.”