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


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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