Updated: 'Critical incident' at Lincoln County Hospital now stood down
UPDATE: The critical incident at Lincoln County Hospital has now been stood down.
Lincoln County Hospital had declared a critical incident, after a surge of Covid-19 patients.
The move came after it was revealed there are currently 201 patients who have tested positive for the virus being cared for at both the city hospital and at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
A spokesman confirmed 62 of the 201 are at the Boston hospital but this morning denied there was any real cause for concern, claiming operators the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was "coping".
However, the trust's deputy chief executive, Mark Brassington, has since said: "We declared a critical incident last night, Monday 4 January at Lincoln County Hospital due to the large number of patients requiring admission. We are sorry for the waits that our patients have faced yesterday and overnight.
"The incident is being managed internally with support from our partners, and patients should continue to attend appointments unless contacted directly.
"The number of inpatients who have been confirmed as having Covid-19 across our sites remains higher than in wave one and we remain extremely busy across our wards and intensive care units. Our position is compounded by challenges with staffing due to a lack of availability of colleagues due to a number of factors.
"We would like to thank all of our colleagues for all they are doing to support each other and for continuing to care for patients during these difficult times.
"The public can help by ensuring they follow government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and by ensuring they use the most appropriate NHS service for their condition."
The spokesman said Grantham Hospital is continuing to operate as a 'green site' allowing non-Covid patients to receive the treatment they need including elective surgeries.