Bosses at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have moved to reassure patients after experts warned the country’s A&E wards were just six months from disaster.
Health body the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) claimed A&E units were under “huge pressure” as a result of staff shortages and in danger of collapsing by the end of the year.
But a spokesman for the Royal said its A&E department was “thriving” and undergoing major investment.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of the FTN, said: “A&E services have been under huge pressure and there is a danger the system will fall over in six months’ time unless we plan effectively for next winter.”
The Royal spokesman stressed bosses were strengthening the unit’s nursing teams and already planning for next winter after “unprecidented” patient numbers in the first three months of the year.
They added: “We need to provide quality services in efficient and new ways to meet demand.
“We are in the early stages of planning the creation of an ‘urgent care village’ at the front of the hospital.
“This exciting multi-million pound scheme will ensure our patients and our community have fast access to first-class facilities in a medical emergency.”
The FTN has put forward proposals to overaul the A&E system.
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