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Mayday! Tooting A&E closure puts extra strain on Croydon

Worrying

Inside Croydon

One of south London’s biggest hospitals had to close its doors to admissions in its Accident and Emergency department last Friday, causing a knock-on effect to other NHS hospitals elsewhere in the capital, including Croydon’s Mayday.

Mayday Hospital is carrying the weight of demand for inadequate GP provision locally, according to Healthwatch Mayday Hospital’s A&E remained open on Friday, when other hospitals were under strain

It may only be early December, but Friday’s closure of the A&E at St George’s in Tooting, seeing A&E patients diverted to St Helier in Sutton and to Mayday, could be a worrying portent of things to come. Mayday – which the suits insist on trying to re-brand as “Croydon University Hospital” – said today that, despite unconfirmed reports, it had continued to accept A&E admissions throughout Friday. “We were busy,” a spokesman told Inside Croydon. “But there were no closures, nothing like that.”

The Keep Our St Helier Hospital campaign – KOSHH – reported yesterday that St George’s, “for…

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