Coronavirus patients needing urgent medical treatment in northern England are being sent to Scotland as an increasing number of hospitals now face being overwhelmed.
Patients in Cumbria who would normally be taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle have instead been dispatched across the border to Dumfries, The Independent has learnt.
The move came after the hospital triggered the highest Opel (operational pressures escalation level) alert, essentially an admission of being “unable to deliver comprehensive care”.
Several patients being treated in the centre’s intensive care wards have also had to be transferred 60 miles across the country to Newcastle in a bid to relieve the growing pressure.
On Wednesday, NHS bosses refused to disclose how many beds the hospital now had left unoccupied. Such transparency, a spokesperson suggested, risked causing alarm. Read from source….