Image caption, More than 20 ambulances were outside the emergency department at Royal Cornwall Hospital on Monday figcaption>
Hundreds of patients in Cornwall cannot leave hospital because care packages and caregivers are not available to them, according to health officials.
Staff said more than 200 patients, including at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, were medically ready to go but had nowhere to go.
This had prevented the admission of new patients, with 22 ambulances outside the emergency room on Monday.
The bosses said they were facing "enormous " pressure.
The director of emergency care of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Dr Toby Slade, said it was "one of the most trying situations we have ever worked in ".
Fr plus people unable to get out, staff said they were also currently busier than at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which is also putting massive pressure on hospitals and ambulances.
Dr Slade said the emergency department in Truro is designed "for about 40 patients at a time and unfortunately we see more than 80 on a regular basis ... it puts a strain on it. huge on staff ".
Vehicles cannot leave for other work as long aspatients are not admitted.
As of Monday, 22 ambulances were outside the emergency room.
Dr Slade said this "is really part " of a problem national.
He said relatives of patients can help and "anyone with friends or family in hospital waiting for social care, if there is " 's all they can do to help loved ones back home that will have an immediate impact on ambulance delays ".
He said: " It just frees up some hospital beds for patients who desperately need them.
Dr Slade also thanked his colleagues for "their hard work and effort ... [and] for doing an incredible job ".
The government has said it is investing more money in the NHS, including £ 11million intended to deal with the wait-time spirit.
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