Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Long delays at under-pressure Lincolnshire hospitals

Long delays at under-pressure Lincolnshire hospitals

Lister Hospital is re-deploying staff to aid 'extreme pressure'.

He also emphasises that "normally healthy" young people or adult who have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, or symptoms of flu should not go to hospital. The recommended safe limit is 85 per cent.

Trust bosses said patients are being forced to wait for up to 12 hours in A&E, while some have been left on trolleys in corridors because beds were not available.

When they arrived, however, the hospital's A&E department was so overwhelmed that staff were unable to admit her.

There were 4,734 emergency patients delayed for more than an hour, soaring from 2,413 people in the week before.

Roseanne Crossey, the trust's head of business development and planning, said: "We are where we expected to be at this busy time of year".

New figures show nearly 17,000 people waited for more than 30 minutes in ambulances before being taken into A&E in the week leading up to New Year's Eve. As long as patients aren't paying for their own care, they will tend to demand more of it than necessary.

St John Ambulance said their volunteers had worked under supervision for about five hours.

"This is due to the measures we have been implementing over the last few days".

Calls to the 111 service shot up 21 per cent on the previous week to 480,400 - the most received in a single week since it was created.

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The NHS order followed claims by senior doctors that patients were being treated in "third world conditions", as more people flood hospitals in England with colder-than-usual winter weather bringing more cases of the flu and related issues, including respiratory illnesses.

"But in the short term, our health service desperately needs a cash injection - by just putting a penny on income tax, an extra £6bn a year could be raised for the NHS and social care".

"The sobering reality is that winter for the NHS has hardly started". "There is an underlying mismatch between the capacity to deliver care and the level of care patients require", he said.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has thanked staff for their "ongoing dedication and hard work throughout this exceptionally busy winter period".

The HSCB added that "there may be times when it is unavoidable to postpone elective operations due to the level of unscheduled care pressures".

"We fully understand the upset and inconvenience this causes to patients and their families and apologise to them for it. If the health service can not cope at its front door, what lies behind it will also be struggling".

In a tweet, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May's response was "not good enough".

Jane Grant, chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, apologised to affected patients.

Milton Keynes University Hospital told the BBC it had seen "very high numbers of patients seeking emergency medical care" and had even opened an "unprecedented number of [extra] beds".

A spokesperson for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital, said in a statement: "The trust declared an internal significant incident yesterday as a result of the very high demand for our services that we have experienced over the extended holiday period, in common with hospitals across the whole country".

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