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NHS winter crisis: what is happening at your hospital?

NHS winter crisis: what is happening at your hospital?

Dr Dan Beckett, Scottish representative of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: "Falls and slips as a result of the icy weather and public holidays have put pressure on hospitals and A&E departments, however flu has had a significant additional impact on most acute medical units this winter".

In addition, nearly half a million patients called the NHS 111 helpline last week, the highest number ever.

No other trust was below 57 per cent.

"I said earlier this week, the Health Secretary said in the chamber, that we apologise unreservedly - not just at winter but at any time of the year - to any patient who waits longer than they should do for hospital treatment or doesn't get the standard of treatment they have a right to expect and I do that again unequivocally today".

He added: "But we know there is a great deal of pressure in A&E departments.", and we are grateful to all NHS staff for their incredible work in challenging circumstances.

Around 5,600 patients waited beyond the targeted four-hour period to be admitted, transferred or discharged after reporting to the hospitals between Christmas Day and Hogmanay.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said the Government was managing the current pressures on the NHS badly, 38 Degrees said.

"During this time pressures on our services led to an unusually large number of A and E breaches".

He added that because fewer patients with more minor conditions were coming to A&E it meant those in the emergency department had more complex needs and required "more care and attention from our senior clinical teams prior to admission to ensure they get the best possible care".

The signatories are from hospitals including major London teaching hospitals such as the Royal Free, King's College and Guy's and St Thomas's, as well as regional trauma centres such as the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS trust, which runs the Royal Stoke hospital, as well as several of the seven health boards in Wales.

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PATIENTS are dying in hospital corridors as waiting time targets in A&E departments hit their lowest levels in 14 years, Theresa May has been warned.

The consultants draw on their own experiences - including patients dying prematurely, waiting times of 12 hours and more than 50 patients waiting for a hospital bed.

The, "facts remain, however, that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded", they write.

There was also a sharp rise in the number of flu cases presenting to Global Positioning System -up 78 % - from 21 per 100,000 to 37.3 per 100,000.

"We have seen in recent days an increase in the number of people presenting at Accident and Emergency from flu".

Tom Wilson, from Newtongrange in Midlothian, lay bleeding for more than three hours as he waited on an ambulance - and then spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor in A&E.

"I would assure Mr Wilson and all of our patients that we are monitoring the situation very closely and working hard to minimise delays".

The only exceptions to this are cancer operations and what the NHS called "time-critical procedures" where the surgery has to go ahead to avoid the patient's condition deteriorating further.

The latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show the number of flu patients admitted to hospital were two-and-a-half times higher than at the same time a year ago.


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