Norfolk Hospital Forced to Close Beds Due to Staffing Shortage

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has said that it is unable to fully staff a critical care ward due to staffing shortages, despite winter health pressures. The hospital’s Gissing Ward will close four beds for a temporary period whilst it re-evaluates the staffing situation.

The managers wrote in an e-mail to staff:

“A decision has been made to temporarily close our GHDU beds and reduce to 20 bed capacity on our critical care complex from today as the nursing staffing is insufficient to keep Gissing open.”

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said in a statement:

“We have temporarily reduced the number of high dependency beds at NNUH from 24 to 20 in order to maintain national intensive care staffing standards. During this time the HDU area on Gissing ward will be repurposed for general surgical patients. We are actively recruiting specialist staff to reopen those four beds for HDU as soon as possible.”