On Monday, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust declared a black alert (known as OPEL 4) due to exceptional pressure currently facing the A&E Department.
On Wednesday, the black alert was raised even higher to a critical incident.
It has been reported by the BBC that at one point on Monday, 14 ambulances arrived at the QMC in 15 minutes while they already had 160 patients waiting to be seen.
Although the Trust are only seeing a slight increase in the number of patients than expected, the concern is that those patients arriving at hospital are more seriously ill than normal.
The Trust are urging eligible patients to have a flu jab, as it is reported that in some serious cases, flu is to blame.
Worryingly, the NUH Chief Operating Officer said that this situation is not unique to Nottingham, and hospitals across the UK are also experiencing similar problems.
If you would like to talk to someone about the care you received, please get in touch:
Jane Williams (Partner and Head of Freeths Nottingham Clinical Negligence Team) : 0845 272 5724 / 07977 446191
The trust has been on OPEL 4 at least once this year but this is the first time in 2019 the pressure in the emergency department has been escalated to a critical incident.