Mental health trust moves to high alert due to demand for services

A hospital trust that provides mental health care for patients in Richmondshire has moved to the highest alert level due to huge pressures and demand for services.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust runs mental health, learning disability and eating disorder services across North Yorkshire.

On Friday the trust moved to operational pressures escalation level (OPEL) four – the highest level.

NHS England guidance says OPEL four is declared when “pressure in the local health and social care system continues to escalate leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care”.

Ruth Hill, chief operating officer for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are currently seeing high demand for our services – we are ensuring that those who need care continue to receive it and we encourage people to come forward for the help they need.”

A spokesperson said the trust is working hard to reduce pressures in the service as quickly as possible.