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A Glasgow hospital had to turn away 999 calls after becoming ‘overwhelmed’ with covid cases

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow had to redirect 999 ambulance calls away from the site today as they struggled with an ‘overwhelming’ number of covid patients, according to frontline staff.

Several 999 calls that would usually go to the 1,677 bed acute hospital – located in Govan – were being redirected by the hospital as they were not able to cope with rising covid cases, according to staff members.

It is understood the hospital is now ‘back online’.

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Frontline workers at the flagship hospital, one of the largest in the UK, told the Scotsman they were worried after staff at the Glasgow hospital stopped taking emergency calls.

One member of staff said the hospital was “overwhelmed by covid cases” which led to the diversion.

Another, a senior doctor at the hospital who did not wish to be named, said the hospital had been pushed to capacity by a combination of a ‘normal winter’ health problems and coronavirus.

They added: “The divert amounted to one or two ambulances but now back online.”

Today’s coronavirus figures show that 1,384 people are in hospitals across Scotland with recently confirmed coronavirus as the country records 2,039 new cases of virus in the past 24 hours.

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK.
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK.

A total of 95 people are in intensive care across the country with the virus and 68 deaths have been recorded.

The First Minister announced yesterday that 695 out of 2,529 new cases of coronavirus reported yesterday were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been contact for comment but has not yet responded to questions about the diversion and capacity issues.

Scottish Ambulance Service declined to comment, stating it was a matter for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow (Photo: Google Maps).

The Scottish Government has also been contacted for comment.

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The Scotsman

The Scotsman is a Scottish compact newspaper and daily news website headquartered in Edinburgh. First established as a radical political paper in 1817, it began daily publication in 1855 and remained a broadsheet until August 2004. Its parent company, JPIMedia, also publishes the Edinburgh Evening News.

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