A temporary ward in place on the Rochford Unit at Pilgrim Hospital is to ‘remain in place’ until services are able to return to ‘business as usual’, according to officials.
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the unit, said that while United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust had de-escalated the level four ‘black alert’ to level three across all its sites, work continued to deal with the strain.
They said the Rochford Unit was one of many measures ‘continuing to help manage demand on the hospital sites’.
“This will remain in place until local health and social care services are able to fully return to ‘business as usual’ and we are confident that things will remain at this level,” they said.
“This is being constantly reviewed as part of cross-agency discussions on a daily basis.”
Vulnerable adult mental health patients were moved from the Rochford Unit to similar wards in Lincoln and Grantham last week in an attempt to help cope with the strain across services.
It was turned into a ward to help discharge predominately elderly frail people, who have been assessed fit for discharge from United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust sites around Lincolnshire and are awaiting short term community social care support at home.