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Stafford Hospital bosses say A&E open as usual after rumours of closure

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

Stafford Hospital bosses say A&E open as usual after rumours of closure
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STAFFORD Hospital bosses have moved to reassure residents that the A&E department is open as normal.

It comes after rumours circulated that the unit was closed when a number of patients had to be diverted to other hospitals because there were no beds available at Stafford.

Maggie Oldham, chief executive, said: “I can assure the public that Stafford A&E is open from 8am to 10pm today as usual. As happens at all hospitals when there is a shortage of beds, some ambulances are having to be diverted to other hospitals to help reduce the number of patients being admitted. The public who need to use A&E should attend between 8am and 10pm as usual.

“There are no restrictions to our paediatric assessment unit which remains open 24/7 to ambulances and GP referred-patients.

“We will continue to monitor the situation carefully throughout the day.”

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