NHS Winter Crisis

NHS winter crisis: hospitals on red or black alert

DISCLAIMER: the information on this page was last updated on January 12th, 2018.

Hospitals across England are at breaking point. Thousands of operations are being cancelled. People are being treated in corridors.

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 the current situation in the same terms. The new ranking NHS England uses is known as Operational Pressures Escalation Levels (OPEL). Red alerts are now known as OPEL 3 and black alerts are known as OPEL 4.

Red alerts take place when thelocal health and social care system is experiencing major pressures compromising patient flow and continues to increase.” 

Black alerts mean that pressure in the local health and social care system continues to escalate leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.

Information about hospital trusts that serve your constituency can be found below, as well as information about how your MP voted on government spending plans:

Northampton North

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, which serves people living in Northampton North, has issued a black alert (OPEL 4). You can find more information here.

Michael Ellis is the MP for Northampton North. You can find information on how he voted on government spending plans here: in 2015, in 2016, and in 2017.

Runnymede and Weybridge

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which serves people living in Runnymede and Weybridge, has issued a black alert (OPEL 4). You can find more information here.

Philip Hammond is the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge. You can find information on how he voted on government spending plans here: in 2015 and in 2017.

Maidenhead

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also serves people living in Maidenhead.

Theresa May is the MP for Maidenhead. You can find information on how she voted on government spending plans here: in 2015.

Erewash

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves people living in Erewash, has issued a black alert (OPEL 4). You can find more information here.

Maggie Throup is the MP for Erewash. You can find information on how she voted on government spending plans here: in 2015 and in 2017.

Camborne and Redruth

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves people living in Camborne and Redruth, has issued a black alert (OPEL 4). You can find more information here.

George Eustice is the MP for Camborne and Redruth. You can find information on how he voted on government spending plans here: in 2015, in 2016, and in 2017.