The RD&E is experiencing a period of significant pressure on its services due to high patient numbers and an outbreak of the Norovirus winter stomach bug which has caused the closure of some bed areas.

Latest March 02 2015: Our alert status is 'red' - a status that is reviewed daily - and this means we may need to cancel some procedures and operations to protect the safety and quality of our care for emergency patients. Find Out More

Safe Staffing

From June 2014 it became a National requirement for all hospitals to publish information about nurse staffing levels on wards, including the percentage of shifts meeting their agreed staffing levels.

This initiative is part of the NHS response to the Francis report - an investigation into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service.