A&E pressure eases off

Ledbury Reporter: A&E pressure eases off A&E pressure eases off

PRESSURE that put  A&E at Hereford County Hospital on high alert last week has eased off over recent days.

Though 126 patients turned up for treatment last Sunday alone, that compares with a daily average of 145-150 since the start of the month.

The county hospital has now closed the temporary “escalation areas” set up to cope with A&E numbers, but Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) warned today (Tues) that there remained a real risk of high alert status being restored.

WVT said too many patients were still presenting for treatment that didn’t need A&E including “coughs, colds, bumps and grazes” on the evidence of last week’s rush.

The  patient surge saw A&E taking take “serious health conditions” only with other cases directed to alternatives including  minor injury units and  pharmacies.

Recent weeks have seen a run on A&E that even the hospital’s new clinical assessment unit - opened at the end of last year - is struggling to slow.

WVT put patient safety action plans in place and clinical teams again had to postpone operations - at least over this week - to meet urgent treatment demand.

Figures for December show A&E attendances increased with numerous spikes in emergency demand. 

Over that month, A&E attendances averaged around 130 a day and ranged from 96 to 193.

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2:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

B the B says...

Then surely they need to increase the staffing levels to cope with such demands, or get the GP surgery to stay open longer. Rather than turn people away, increase staff numbers. I appreciate that some cases need not be seen at A&E but there isn't a lot of choice, the walk in centres help but not enough and the GP's have made sure they don't work out of hours.
Then surely they need to increase the staffing levels to cope with such demands, or get the GP surgery to stay open longer. Rather than turn people away, increase staff numbers. I appreciate that some cases need not be seen at A&E but there isn't a lot of choice, the walk in centres help but not enough and the GP's have made sure they don't work out of hours. B the B
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