In an email to staff it explained: “This is because we are experiencing unprecedented bed pressure across the health community and the current bed spaces in Paulton are required to take care of medical patients in a safe environment.” Mothers-to-be left disappointed by the temporary closure could have their babies at an unspecified location elsewhere, it added.He urged ministers and NHS leaders to draw up an urgent action plan to rescue A&E care to avoid the quality of care patients receive starting to deteriorate. However, it is understood that reports of a package of emergency funding for A&E units are wide of the mark and that the Department of Unprecedented numbers of patients requiring care has led to at least 23 hospital trusts declaring they cannot cope since Monday, inquiries by the Guardian have established.Caroline Landon, chief operating officer at the Epsom and St Helier trust in south London, told the Guardian: “For a short period last week we used our paediatric day case units to care for adult patients who urgently needed a hospital bed. The hospital had nowhere to put the next patient brought in as an emergency by ambulance, it added. We had to hold ambulances at our A&E as they couldn’t offload patients. A hospital trust in Cornwall declares a "black alert" for the second time this year due to "extreme" pressure on its services over Easter. Hospitals across England have been under intense pressure this winter. Thousands of operations had to be cancelled. In the past this level of crisis was known as hospitals being on ‘red alert’ or ‘black alert’ and so the media is referring to this current situation in the same terms. It’s essentially when this starts to impact part of your business or other businesses. 23 hospitals were forced to declare black alerts (Picture: Getty Images) More than 20 hospitals in England have been forced to declare a black alert as the NHS crisis deepens. Lewisham hospital in south London became so full on Monday it had run out of beds and in an email to staff it described the situations as “critical” and “not safe”. A hospital trust in Cornwall has declared a "black alert" after "a very pressured few days". VideoWhy Iâm friends with the man who shot meRoyal Cornwall Hospitals Trust back on 'black alert'Forrest Gump author Winston Groom dies aged 77The hospital ranked 10th nationally and the review found there were 17,000 delayed discharges from March 2015 to February 2016.Jo Malone denounces her former brand's John Boyega decisionFalmouth features in JK Rowling's latest book out this weekKathy Byrne, chief executive of RCHT, said 126 ambulances arrived on Thursday which was at least 30 more than usual. "Our top priority at all times is patient safety, and we are working hard to ensure that everyone who needs a bed is admitted and treated as quickly as possible. “Emergency departments are overflowing with patients, internal major incidents are being declared around the country and staff in emergency departments are struggling to cope with the immense demand being placed on their services,” said Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency medicine.A doctor at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust said it had decided not to declare an internal emergency because its bosses did not want bad publicity. A hospital has been put on 'black alert' after A&E departments battled with soaring demand at the weekend. Everyone should practice good personal hygiene to stay well - washing hands thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and preparing food, is the best way to stop the spread of viruses.Manchester, Pennine Acute, Tameside and Glossop, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospital trusts were approached by the M.E.N for responses on the status of their emergency departments. The hospital had nowhere to put the next patient brought in as an emergency by ambulance, it added.More than 20 hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services.Hospitals are expected to come under even greater strain over the next few days as unusually cold weather sweeps across much of the country, which doctors fear could prompt a spike in serious breathing problems, among other conditions. "A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have? Coronavirus confirmed at food factory in PoolTo code-switch or not to code-switch? This is an alert higher than Opel 4. We also used our adult day case unit and medical infusion suite for the same purpose.” Cancer operations were cancelled and a birthing centre closed last week as hospitals declared top level alert to cope with overcrowdingThe Royal Surrey hospital in Guildford, which is used by many of health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s constituents, declared black escalation status on Monday because it had become “extremely challenged” by the sheer number of patients whom it needed to find a bed for. "BREAKING: Man dies after horror crash on M60Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Manchester United transfer updateAnd more than 70 were sent back without being tested at allPatients are not being turned away from Bolton's A&E unit, a spokeswoman added.All hospitals in Greater Manchester faced an 'extremely busy' weekend.On Friday afternoon, Stepping Hill posted on its Facebook page urging people to 'use the appropriate service for your condition'.The rule will be in place in Preston, Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, and RossendaleMan Utd summer signing Donny van de Beek is eyeing silverware in his debut season at Old Trafford.Four more people have died with coronavirus in Greater Manchester hospitalsA hospital has been put on 'black alert' after A&E departments battled with soaring demand at the weekend.Accident and Emergency dept at Royal Bolton HospitalNew hotspots emerge in Salford as city remains in coronavirus infection 'red zone'The school has closed to every year groupThe Good Morning Britain doc explained that a covid cough is different to the type of cough that youngsters would normally haveThese are the latest coronavirus infection rates for Greater ManchesterBolton still has the highest rate in the country but has slipped below 200 cases per 100,000 people and is now on 189.9"As we have moved into the winter months there have been times when we have been busier than we would have expected across the hospital, which has led to us being at black on our internal escalation status.