Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances — NHS Crisis

Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances — NHS Crisis

Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances — NHS Crisis

"Patient safety remains our top priority".

The number of people suffering from flu in Scotland has doubled compared with the same time a year ago.

On Tuesday there were 53 ambulance delays of more than an hour outside the hospital - the highest figure in the West Midlands region.

He told Sky News: "There are real pressures, no question about it".

"The perennial pressures on our Emergency Departments is not the fault of the patient or staff". There are 25 or more ambulances and urgent patients waiting outside at this hospital alone.

"Thanks to the incredible teams we have at DBTH we are dealing with the very high demands on the services and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every member of staff for their hard work and dedication to continue delivering the safest care possible to all our patients". In line with national recommendations we are now reviewing the schedule of operations and outpatient appointments planned for January.

By Tuesday night, 12 different NHS trusts, or branches, said they had reached the maximum state of emergency, including two ambulance services covering nearly nine million people.

National Health Service (NHS) figures show 16,893 patients waited more than 30 minutes in ambulances at Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in the week before New Year's Eve.

The organisation warned that those with "less urgent conditions" would have to wait longer.

"Only those patients contacted directly will have appointments delayed and these will be rearranged".

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

Referring to the restrictions on implementing health service reform due to the current political instability, he said: "We need reform, we need transformation". Patients are treated according to clinical need, and those requiring urgent attention are seen promptly, however when we are facing high demand those with minor or less urgent needs may find that they are waiting longer. "It would be fair to say that the civil servants are already moving forward on transformation of the health and social care system in Northern Ireland, but, yes, if the politicians were in Stormont and if we have a health minister then we could move that forward at pace".

She said the "shocking" pictures taken "over the Christmas period" were evidence that the surge for demand for NHS services is worse this year than last year.

Routine hospital appointments are being delayed to free up capacity for the sickest patients until the end of January, amid warnings of extreme pressure facing A&Es across the country.

'We have to look again at NHS funding, which remains well below what other comparable European countries spend on healthcare, to ensure the NHS has the staff and the capacity needed to deal with the pressures it faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months'.

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