Busiest day of the year for Worcestershire hospitals
Monday 14 March 2016 Stats show Busiest day of the year.
Worcester Royal - 211
Alexandra - 192
Kidderminster MIU - 72
Princess of Wales Community Hospital - 59
Evesham - 36
Tenbury - 4
Malvern - 47
Chris Tidman chief executive said:
“Monday was the busiest day yet this year for the Worcestershire Urgent Care system - very high numbers of ambulances and walk in attenders on top of an already busy weekend in total we saw 621 people accessing the urgent care system this compare with an average Monday when we would see approximately 525 patients.
“To help manage pressures and treat people in the most clinically appropriate setting we have restarted our ambulatory care clinics and front door geriatrician service yesterday, and this will make a difference to our patients although we need to persevere at times of intense pressure. To add to the pressures we are also have a small number of flu and norovirus cases at WRH, so please help us when visiting our hospitals use the gel available within the hospital to help limit the spread of infection.”
Rab McEwan Interim chief operating officer said:
“Like many hospitals, we have busy times when people attending A&E may experience slightly longer waits than usual. During these busy periods we do everything possible, working with health partners to get everyone through A&E as quickly as possible. Patients are always seen in order of clinical priority and our staff are working hard to see patients as quickly as possible.
“If you have a friend or family member in hospital, you can also help us by making you’re easily contactable and ready to collect your friend or relative when it’s time for them to be discharged. This frees up valuable beds for new admissions.”
Dr Carl Ellson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS South Worcestershire CCG said:
“A&E departments are often seen as the first place that people go, when in fact there are other NHS services that may be more suitable, such as a local pharmacy, GP practice or Minor Injury Unit. If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency you can call NHS 111, which is a free service and which can provide medical advice and direct you to the most appropriate local health service.”