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Darent Valley Hospital temporarily closes

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 January 2013

Darent Valley Hospital had to turn patients away for more than six hours when it reached full capacity last week.

On Thursday morning (3) from 5am to 11.30am ambulance crews were instructed to take emergency patients to other hospitals as not enough beds were available.

The hospital remained open to patients coming into A&E by foot and a spokesman said any patients in immediate need of treatment would be seen.

In a statement Dr David Woodhead, clinical accountable officer for Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This is the busiest time of year for the NHS and earlier today, Darent Valley Hospital reached its full capacity. The hospital therefore had to close for a short time until beds became available.

“Throughout the short closure we liaised closely with all our partners at other hospitals in the region, the ambulance service, Kent County Council and GP surgeries to manage the current demand effectively.”

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