'Big increase in calls' saw Newport ambulance jam

Paramedics getting a bad name for there response times but its not there fault as they have to stay with patients.  9 ambulances and 2 first response cars are at the royal gwent hospital Newport and are unable to leave until the patients have been booked

Paramedics getting a bad name for there response times but its not there fault as they have to stay with patients. 9 ambulances and 2 first response cars are at the royal gwent hospital Newport and are unable to leave until the patients have been booked

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THE ambulance service had to deal with a 22 per cent increase in calls on Monday when demand saw A&E patients facing lengthy waits at the Royal Gwent Hospital and paramedics enduring long handover delays.

At one stage on Monday evening there were nine ambulances and two rapid response vehicles parked outside the hospital’s A&E unit, the Argus revealed yesterday, and relatives were asked to wait outside for a time as corridors were packed with patients on trolleys.

On what was a busy day for the (WAST), and A&E units across South Wales, Nick Smith, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust’s WAST’s head of service for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, said there was “a 22 per cent increase on the average number of calls received in the health board area in a single day.

“We took more patients to the Royal Gwent Hospital than on any other day since January 1 2014,” he said, confirming that handovers were delayed as a result.

“We are working with all health boards, including Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, to ensure that individual delays are escalated to senior managers at all affected hospitals, and that plans are in place to ensure that delays are minimised.

“On this occasion, we also dispatched one of our clinical team leaders to the hospital to help improve the patient flow.

“Ambulance crews continue to provide clinical care and attention for patients as they wait to be admitted into hospital, and liaise with hospital staff to help prioritise those patients with greatest clinical need.

“Critically ill patients remain our number one priority, and are handed over as quickly and as safely as possible to hospital staff, to avoid further delay and distress.”

The busy scene outside the Royal Gwent on Monday evening was photographed by the relative of a patient, who described A&E as being “jam-packed.”

Demand for ambulance and A&E services has remained high since Monday, and Mr Smith said: “Once again we urge the public to choose well, and use NHS services appropriately. NHS Direct Wales, out-of-hours GP services, and pharmacies are all available for healthcare and advice for minor illnesses and injuries.

“Please remember only to dial 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.”

Figures for Monday night are unavailable, but In recent months around half of all patients taken to hospital by ambulance have ended up not being admitted.

, and health chiefs are keen that people think carefully about whether an ambulance is really needed, before dialling 999, to help ease pressure on already busy services.

For more information, visit www.choosewellwales.org.uk

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1:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Wow, and it wasn't even a weekend lol.

guess weekends have gotten better for A&E now
Wow, and it wasn't even a weekend lol. guess weekends have gotten better for A&E now MikeO4O8
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1:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gingertom says...

we were fed this nonsense on 29/5/14:

southwalesargus.co.u
k/news/11242974.Gwen
t_ambulance_response

_times_improve/

when WAG said targets were missed 21 out of 22 months for ambulance response times:
bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-polit
ics-27609870

then we saw this rise in waiting lists:

southwalesargus.co.u
k/news/gwentnews/112

36543.More_long_wait
s_for_Gwent_patients
/

I commented this:
gingertom says... 26.5.14

I agree with the above I think the figures are much higher. A friend of mine has had her back operation cancelled FOUR times despite consultants telling patients that time is of the essence regarding spinal operations so that you don't get permanent nerve damage. Also, orthopaedics got their own operating theatre in st woolos and do not have to compete with other specialities. Lack of beds cannot be a problem because most orthopaedic patients only stay the day on the ward or overnight at the most.
YET despite this fiasco dr andrew goodall has just been promoted:

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-27442
421

The general public are not fools. This is a FARCE!
we were fed this nonsense on 29/5/14: southwalesargus.co.u k/news/11242974.Gwen t_ambulance_response _times_improve/ when WAG said targets were missed 21 out of 22 months for ambulance response times: bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-polit ics-27609870 then we saw this rise in waiting lists: southwalesargus.co.u k/news/gwentnews/112 36543.More_long_wait s_for_Gwent_patients / I commented this: gingertom says... 26.5.14 I agree with the above I think the figures are much higher. A friend of mine has had her back operation cancelled FOUR times despite consultants telling patients that time is of the essence regarding spinal operations so that you don't get permanent nerve damage. Also, orthopaedics got their own operating theatre in st woolos and do not have to compete with other specialities. Lack of beds cannot be a problem because most orthopaedic patients only stay the day on the ward or overnight at the most. YET despite this fiasco dr andrew goodall has just been promoted: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-27442 421 The general public are not fools. This is a FARCE! gingertom
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1:30pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gingertom says...

Please fill in nhs survery for welsh audit office and send to your friends:

http://www.nhswaitin
g.wao.gov.uk/
Please fill in nhs survery for welsh audit office and send to your friends: http://www.nhswaitin g.wao.gov.uk/ gingertom
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1:50pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gingertom says...

caerphilly miners lost an A and E when the hospital was closed. Open the A and E at ystrad mynach hospital and some elderly patients can be taken straight there. You cannot remove A and E facilities and close cottage hospitals like aberbeeg and oakdale without pressure being put on the ones that are open. It isn't rocket science!
caerphilly miners lost an A and E when the hospital was closed. Open the A and E at ystrad mynach hospital and some elderly patients can be taken straight there. You cannot remove A and E facilities and close cottage hospitals like aberbeeg and oakdale without pressure being put on the ones that are open. It isn't rocket science! gingertom
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7:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Interesting to know what these A&E addmissions were for, as mentioned, if these were restricted for real emergencies this wouldn't happen.
Interesting to know what these A&E addmissions were for, as mentioned, if these were restricted for real emergencies this wouldn't happen. Limestonecowboy
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