Patients were sent away from the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital yesterday due to a shortage of beds

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and The Royal Hospital for sick Kids

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and The Royal Hospital for sick Kids

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Six patients were diverted from Glasgow’s new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital yesterday (Tuesday, October 6) because there were no beds available.

GP referrals to the new hospital in the south of the city were re-directed to the Royal Alexander Hospital in Paisley after the hospital experienced a surge in admissions.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that six patients were taken to the RAH in the morning but the hospital was taking admissions by the afternoon.

A union source said: “It’s not even winter and already the impact of bed cuts and hospital closures is being felt at the coal face.

“NHSGGC and local councils need to get this sorted now before it becomes a full blown crisis.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “On occasion we ask that some patients referred to hospital by their GPs are taken to another site.

“This took place for six individuals this morning.

“This was due to some temporary delays that had occurred at the QEUH due to the number of patients requiring admission.

“We have now dealt with this surge and the department is now back to normal.”