Friday, 16 November, 2018

Winter A&E ambulance waits jump in Cornwall

Soaring number of NHS hospital trusts declare 'black alert' A waiting ambulance outside the A&E department of St Thomas’s Hospital in central London
Nellie Chapman | 12 January, 2018, 15:15

THERESA MAY has apologised for delays to operations and hospital admissions as the NHS in England struggles to cope with mounting winter pressures.

The "black" alert status means the hospital has reached Level Four 100 times in the past year, and it comes just a couple of months after the trust in charge of the Royal Cornwall Hospital was put into special measures.

In north Cumbria, 239 beds had been blocked for seven days or more while 70 had been blocked for more than 21 days.

Karen Partington, chairman of the central Lancashire A&E Delivery Board and Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Like other NHS organisations across the country, we have seen an increase in respiratory conditions, more severe illness, and an increase in flu which means our hospitals are very busy".

What is happening at the moment in accident and emergency departments is symptomatic of pressures across the entire system. When we asked our readers for their experiences, many responded to praise NHS workers who continued to do their best despite difficulties.

In a statement issued yesterday, the HSCB said that emergency departments across Northern Ireland "continue to be under significant pressure". It's always a fine balancing act deciding to put out messages like this because, while it's absolutely correct, we don't want people who need to be here for a true emergency to not attend.

Every hospital in the country has been ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February in an unprecedented step by NHS officials.

Today Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron called for a cross party solution to problems within the NHS.

Dr Jessup said he has concerns over the safety of patients amid current pressure on Global Positioning System not to transfer them to hospital.

Why? Well, analysis from the health think tank the King's Fund highlights two key factors. All the criticism of the NHS must inevitably affect their sense of worth and ability to see a future in their organisation.

However, insufficient resources to match patient numbers all year round has resulted in compromised patient safety, declining 4-hour performance, A&E crowding and "exit block" across Wales. I would like to say sorry to anyone affected by their treatment being postponed as we are forced to prioritise emergencies.

Beyond this point, mortality rates increase and infections such as influenza, norovirus and C-Diff can spread more quickly.

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But the Prime Minister last week defended the Government's spending on the health service, saying "record levels of funding are going into the NHS".

Richard Murray, director of policy at health think-tank the King's Fund, said: "Although these weekly data have not been fully validated, if they are right then hospital bed occupancy - a good proxy for the pressure hospitals are under - has been at even higher levels than previous year".