March 21, 2018

Thousands of patients hospitalised with flu as virus 'takes off'

12 January 2018, 06:01 | Lena Norman

Sturgeon urged to 'stop cutting hospital beds' at First Minister's Questions

NHS official statistics show more than two million people attended NHS England hospital emergency departments last month

Robison said: "Scotland's accident and emergency departments are continuing to outperform those across the rest of the United Kingdom - and indeed it is to the great credit of NHS staff that even at the height of these exceptional winter pressures, nearly eight out of ten people who attended A&E were admitted, transferred or discharged within the four hour target".

It comes as the consultants leading 68 NHS A&E departments wrote to the Prime Minister, warning of "appalling" safety risks because hospitals have too few staff and beds to cope with current demand.

Ms Sturgeon said levels of winter flu were now four times the level recorded in the same week of past year.

But it adds: 'The facts remain, however, that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded'.

An 80-year-old man waited more than three hours for an ambulance and then spent 13 hours stranded on a hospital trolley waiting for treatment, it has emerged.

'An average of 10-12 hours from decision to admit a patient until they are transferred to a bed'.

Responding to the claims during First Minister's Questions, Ms Sturgeon said the "health service budget has gone up to record levels, the number of people who work in our health service has gone up to record levels and the number of delayed discharges has gone down over the past year".

So as a matter of urgency we ask that you consider supporting strategies that will reduce crowding in our Emergency Departments.

Doesn't want to play under franchise tag in 2018
He doesn't want that opportunity to pass him by. "I just want to be valued where I'm at", per ESPN . The Steelers could also choose to use the franchise tag, a prospect Bell clearly doesn't welcome.

NHS Providers is also calling for a full review of how well the NHS handled this winter, looking at: adequacy of bed numbers and staffing levels; efficacy of the new national planning approach; adequacy, timing and allocation of extra winter funding; system resilience; process and impact of cancelled elective operations; and the role and availability of primary care and social care, and their involvement in winter planning.

We also acknowledge the help and support given to the Emergency Departments by our colleagues in other specialties and disciplines across our hospitals.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was flagged as the worst-performing major A&E department, known as "type 1" units within the NHS, with just 40.1% of patients being seen within four hours in December. They have urged people to stay away from surgeries because there is no treatment. These patients are sometimes forced to sleep in clinics and wards that are prepared hurriedly to accommodate the rush.

Former Health Minister, Philip Dunne, told Parliament earlier this week that 'most hospitals have seats' for patients who can't be found a bed in an emergency.

And patients in ambulances also faced long waits, with one in eight left outside for half an hour or longer. They ended the letter signing on behalf of themselves and their departmental staff.

NHS Scotland figures and the health secretary, Shona Robison, pointed to an increase in flu as part of the reason for the poor results.

A spokesman for The Save Weston A&E Campaign, which has been pushing for A&E to reopen overnight, said: "We feel deeply sorry for Mrs Thomas and her family and wish her a quick and full recovery, but we are also well aware of the very hard conditions under which dedicated NHS staff at Weston General are having to work". The doctors, the nurses, the ambulance crews, the patients and their families want to know what you are going to do to fix this mess.

Other News

Trending Now

Instagram could soon allow to post Stories directly to WhatsApp
There could be a few reasons for Facebook to choose to make the Instagram Stories shareable on other platforms such as WhatsApp . When Instagram users press the "add to story" button, they will see a new menu with the option to share to WhatsApp .

Ellen DeGeneres' father, Elliot DeGeneres, dies at 92
One user wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Ellen , but we know you'll get through it". Our hearts are breaking for the talk show host. "We only took one family vacation".

Video Show Cruise ship fight with winter storm
Norwegian apologized to guests, saying the ship "encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions". "All guests and crew are safe", the company statement said.

Boy shot in Texas church massacre will finally leave hospital today
The last Sutherland Springs shooting patient, Ryland Ward , returned home Thursday. Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday.

General Motors reveals autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel
GM sees the announcement Friday as a significant step toward the widespread adoption of self-driving vehicle technology. That would let the firm launch a fleet of robo-taxis, beating off competition from rivals to launch such a service.

Russian troops in Syria fight off 'swarm' of rebel drones
We take appropriate force protection measures to ensure Coalition forces and our partners can safely carry out their missions. The ministry said the Hemeimeem air base and a naval facility in Tartus were the targets.

Infosys net profit jumps 38% to Rs. 5129 cr
Infosys also maintained its expectation for full-year revenue growth of between 5.5 and 6.5 percent. Murthy, who was President of the company since October 2016, has resigned citing personal reasons.

Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim
Amy Jayne Everett, also known as "Dolly", became the face of iconic Australian outback hat maker Akubra when she was 8-years-old. Dolly's death has sparked both sadness and outrage among many families, including those from rural and regional Australia.

Curry, James lead fan voting for All-Star game
Coaches will then choose the reserves and the two top vote-getters from each conference get to pick their teammates from the pool. I think George will surpass Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins because of people liking him more than they like those two.

Mother of H&M Model Says "Get Over It" to Critics
National Basketball Association star Lebron James shared a photo of the boy with a crown superimposed on his head. Celebrities such as The Weeknd expressed their outrage online.