BARNSLEY Hospital ran out of beds on one day earlier this month, according to NHS figures.

NHS Digital statistics show every one of 429 available general and acute beds - which doesn’t include intensive care - were taken up on February 1.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “Patient safety is an absolute priority and we have measures in place to increase our capacity when necessary using escalation wards.

“Patients are continually admitted and discharged, it is usual process for us to manage our beds as required and ensure patient safety is maintained.

“We work closely with local and regional partners to ensure optimal discharges back into the community and appropriate care pathways.”