The emergency physician, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the PA news agency that hospitals are facing an “almost impossible” situation as they try to cope with the second wave of the pandemic, the pressure of winter and the continuation of elective surgeries.
A front-line doctor in the northwest has warned that hospitals are “running out of room in the inn” as they try to cope with rising coronavirus admissions.
The doctor said the hospitals face an “almost impossible” situation.
“In the end, people in our emergency room are queuing up for much longer than the four-hour national target and are essentially queuing up for beds in the wards.
“This time it is not so easy. They arrive at the emergency room, but the hospital wards are much fuller than before and have no more free beds.
She said: “During the first wave, patients came to the emergency room and we took care of them and they went to the wards.
She said, “We are coping with that right now. Patients come to the hospital and get the care they need, but the worry is of course that if infection rates continue to rise, we may find ourselves in a situation where we are overwhelmed and have no more beds. That is the crux of the matter.
“We are beginning to see queues in the corridors and patients stuck outside in ambulances again.
The doctor, a member of the British Medical Association (BMA), which works for a Health Trust in the North West, said that hospitals will be overwhelmed if infection rates continue to rise.
“I urge the public, please, to get to safety, wash their hands, wear masks, keep social distance and not go to places where they don’t have to go.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult, we are running out of space in the inn.
She said that some hospital foundations now have fewer beds available because social distance is required in the wards.
“It feels like an imminent, almost impossible situation. I think we need really clear guidance from the government on how we can manage the pandemic if infection rates continue to rise”.
She added: “At the moment, the government is not interested in the trusts suspending any elective care.
She said that morale among staff had deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic.
“NHS teams have sadly seen team members die and I can imagine that it must be terrible for these teams to come back to work and face a disease that has killed someone you work with.
The doctor described it as “terribly disappointing” to see people ignoring restrictions, but said she felt that most of the public were trying to play by the rules despite “mixed messages” from the government.
She said: “Teams across the country have had to look after their own colleagues.