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A&E misses target for waiting times

Swindon Advertiser: The Great Western Hospital The Great Western Hospital

THE accident and emergency department at Great Western Hospital has failed to hit its target of seeing all patients within four hours.

A Swindon Council Health Overview report also revealed that during the winter period there could be a shortage, in the hospital and in the community, of up to 117 beds.

And there are fears patient safety could deteriorate as the number of people needing care continues to grow.

Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group has set up a working group to in a bid to tackle waiting times in A&E. Its priorities include discovering why patients are delayed in being discharged and a review of the mix of nursing skills.

The department has enough staff to cope with an 80 per cent usage of its services but for the first quarter of 2013 the department, at its peak, has seen a 223 per cent usage.

A GWH spokesman said: “The past few months have been some of our busiest.

“In preparation for the busy months ahead we have opened additional beds, have more staff in place this year than we did last year in wards and in the Emergency Department and have developed a range of new services which aim to reduce the time patients spend in hospital.

“However, managing the sorts of pressures the local NHS is witnessing relies on the whole health economy working together – it cannot be solved by any one organisation or any single action. The key to making this work is avoiding admissions to hospital in the first place.

“Wherever possible we support people at home or in the community, and make sure there is support available in the community for patients to be discharged out of hospital, freeing up beds. We are therefore working closely with the CCG, social care and our partners in the community, such as SEQO,L on a number of ways we can achieve this.”

A spokesman for Swindon CCG said the hospital is under pressure from demand. He added: “More rapid access for problems that a GP or nurse can assess is best handled via your local GP practice, walk-in centre or by speaking to your pharmacist.”

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland said an extra winter allowance grant from the Government was being made available and he would support the hospital if it wants to apply for it.

”It is an issue for all the residents living in Swindon,” he said. “If they wanted to make a business case to apply for the funding I would be happy to support them with that.”

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8:58am Sat 23 Nov 13

jackdawson says...

What was it they said - VOTE BLUE GO GREEN?
What was it they said - VOTE BLUE GO GREEN? jackdawson
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1:54pm Sat 23 Nov 13

Itssomewheretowork says...

This is the hospital that during its planning stage said that they needed no extra beds compared to PMH hospital that it was replacing as patients would be in hospital for shorter times and therefore the same number of beds would cope with the planned expansion of Swindon and the surrounding area. At the time many many people said that this was madness but they stuck to their guns.
From my experiences the A&E staff do a wonderful job, its the senior managers and administrators who seem to be the problem. One answer would be to recruit in these position from the real world of industry and business. In the NHS people seem to lose their jobs if they are incompetent, get a big payout and then within a month are often back working in the NHS
This is the hospital that during its planning stage said that they needed no extra beds compared to PMH hospital that it was replacing as patients would be in hospital for shorter times and therefore the same number of beds would cope with the planned expansion of Swindon and the surrounding area. At the time many many people said that this was madness but they stuck to their guns. From my experiences the A&E staff do a wonderful job, its the senior managers and administrators who seem to be the problem. One answer would be to recruit in these position from the real world of industry and business. In the NHS people seem to lose their jobs if they are incompetent, get a big payout and then within a month are often back working in the NHS Itssomewheretowork
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5:16pm Sat 23 Nov 13

Oik1 says...

I'm glad it wasn't just me that remembered the same assurances that were given with regard to future lower bed numbers and the ability of the overall hospital including A&E to manage more with less, given the planned expansion of the town when GWH was still on paper.
I wonder where those penpushers are now?
Hopefully nowhere near the management of GWH now as it faces near crisis numbers with patients on the wards.
Unfortunately, I'm up there every week and I've seen it go from what it was to what it is now.
I'm glad it wasn't just me that remembered the same assurances that were given with regard to future lower bed numbers and the ability of the overall hospital including A&E to manage more with less, given the planned expansion of the town when GWH was still on paper. I wonder where those penpushers are now? Hopefully nowhere near the management of GWH now as it faces near crisis numbers with patients on the wards. Unfortunately, I'm up there every week and I've seen it go from what it was to what it is now. Oik1
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5:50pm Sat 23 Nov 13

Davey Gravey says...

Ever growing population in the town making things worse. Last time I went there it was like being abroad. The amount of different languages being spoken was a bit bizarre to say the least. People being out of their heads on drink and drugs plus others going to A+E when they don't need to also puts a strain on the staff there. I take my hat off to the people who work there under such pressure and stress. They are brilliant as far as i'm concerned
Ever growing population in the town making things worse. Last time I went there it was like being abroad. The amount of different languages being spoken was a bit bizarre to say the least. People being out of their heads on drink and drugs plus others going to A+E when they don't need to also puts a strain on the staff there. I take my hat off to the people who work there under such pressure and stress. They are brilliant as far as i'm concerned Davey Gravey
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10:25pm Sat 23 Nov 13

keyboardcapers says...

I have been perusing on the government policies and even though the reforms for the NHS have been an ongoing affair for many years and no doubt this will go on for another few years before someone admits that the system has failed and needs a complete overhaul.

There has been talk about following the example of other countries, however, reading up on some of the debates that are in parliament, I do object to following the example of other countries unless the idea is to learn by their mistakes. I feel we should be unique and introduce a bill that fits ‘our own’ needs and take away the stereotypes that have no knowledge in the medical field.

Whilst I agree that shorter waiting times should be introduced, I do not believe this will be achievable, because it is stated that private patients will be free to use almost half the NHS hospital beds and theatre time under new government plans. If this was the case, then this would undoubtedly lead to a situation whereby NHS patients were being pushed back further in the queue and therefore, would invariably create resentment for the NHS patients that badly need urgent treatment!
I have been perusing on the government policies and even though the reforms for the NHS have been an ongoing affair for many years and no doubt this will go on for another few years before someone admits that the system has failed and needs a complete overhaul. There has been talk about following the example of other countries, however, reading up on some of the debates that are in parliament, I do object to following the example of other countries unless the idea is to learn by their mistakes. I feel we should be unique and introduce a bill that fits ‘our own’ needs and take away the stereotypes that have no knowledge in the medical field. Whilst I agree that shorter waiting times should be introduced, I do not believe this will be achievable, because it is stated that private patients will be free to use almost half the NHS hospital beds and theatre time under new government plans. If this was the case, then this would undoubtedly lead to a situation whereby NHS patients were being pushed back further in the queue and therefore, would invariably create resentment for the NHS patients that badly need urgent treatment! keyboardcapers
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9:39pm Sun 24 Nov 13

Davey Gravey says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Ever growing population in the town making things worse. Last time I went there it was like being abroad. The amount of different languages being spoken was a bit bizarre to say the least. People being out of their heads on drink and drugs plus others going to A+E when they don't need to also puts a strain on the staff there. I take my hat off to the people who work there under such pressure and stress. They are brilliant as far as i'm concerned
What a coincidence that the above comment went from a rating of +10 to -1 in a matter of minutes. Site mods any chance of addressing the abuse of this site?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Ever growing population in the town making things worse. Last time I went there it was like being abroad. The amount of different languages being spoken was a bit bizarre to say the least. People being out of their heads on drink and drugs plus others going to A+E when they don't need to also puts a strain on the staff there. I take my hat off to the people who work there under such pressure and stress. They are brilliant as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]What a coincidence that the above comment went from a rating of +10 to -1 in a matter of minutes. Site mods any chance of addressing the abuse of this site? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

7:01am Mon 25 Nov 13

house on the hill says...

Maybe if there weren't so many self inflicted illnesses and injuries they would be able to see those really sick instead of wasting taxpayers money on drunken morons who got into a fight, or those who go there for the slightest reason. The NHS isn't a bottomless pit of money and we have a level of personal responsibility to look after ourselves instead of always expecting others to pay for our lifestyle choices.
Maybe if there weren't so many self inflicted illnesses and injuries they would be able to see those really sick instead of wasting taxpayers money on drunken morons who got into a fight, or those who go there for the slightest reason. The NHS isn't a bottomless pit of money and we have a level of personal responsibility to look after ourselves instead of always expecting others to pay for our lifestyle choices. house on the hill
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