NHS Crisis: Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances
NHS Crisis: Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances
The NHS has reached breaking point with up to 55,000 non-urgent operations cancelled as doctors attempt to treat patients
13 January, 2018, 08:04
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She said her mother, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, became alarmed when she realised she was still in the ambulance.
But today's figures show bed availability has deteriorated, despite the annual ritual of opening thousands of "escalation" beds in preparation for the holiday period.
While bed occupancy rates climbed as high as 93.5 percent on New Year's Eve, up from 86.7 percent on Christmas Day, with an average of 91.7 percent across the week.
Emergency care chiefs had previously warned The Independent that Christmas Day usually provides a lull, but this year it had felt like "just another very bad day".
"Pressures do come every winter particularly at the Christmas and New Year period and we've seen that".
The problems at New Cross Hospital were particularly acute on December 29, when 91 patients waited outside its packed A&E department in ambulances for longer than half an hour - nearly two thirds of all patients arriving by ambulance.
"Dr. Peter-Marc Fortune, from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, said pressures have reached "extreme" levels", and even NHS England's director for acute care, Professor Keith Willett, "suggested the situation was at its worst since the 1990s", reported the paper. Last year, the British Red Cross called the situation a "humanitarian crisis".
University Hospitals of North Midlands emergency medicine consultant Richard Fawcett described the conditions in his department as "third world", and said his trust had "run out of corridor space" and was closed to ambulances.
Image Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised for cancelling operations
It is estimated that up to 55,000 operations in the United Kingdom could now be put off though there is no information available on how many could be affected in the Tyne Tees region.
And remember, for young children, the elderly or those with long-term-health conditions, flu can lead to serious health complications - if you worry you or a loved one may be experiencing these, call NHS 111 for advice or consult your GP.
And so it is left to doctors like me to assess, care for and treat patients as best we can, alongside apologising for the failings of the health service.
However The Independent spoke to two people cancelled, cancelled at very short notice.
A total of 195 experienced delays of at least 24 hours.
"That seems pretty short notice to me", he said.
Patients in Wales who have had routine operations cancelled due to winter pressures on the NHS have had an apology from Welsh Government Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, he said he was "genuinely sorry" if people's treatment had been interrupted.
"Lack of beds for new patients is a major factor contributing to the current severe pressure on the NHS, but it's impossible for trusts to open extra beds without more nurses to staff them".
"Patient safety remains our top priority".
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