Hospital patients warned to expect non-urgent operation delays

  • Hospital patients warned to expect non-urgent operation delays

Hospital patients warned to expect non-urgent operation delays

Mrs Cooper also said that a planned Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for Lancashire and South Cumbria would see the area having to save £534m. - a move she believes will cause even more pressures in the future.

"We have a good working relationship with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and will continue to work together to make sure patients are assessed, treated and handed over as quickly and efficiently as possible".

The National Emergency Pressures Panel, which is chaired by the NHS's top doctor Sir Bruce Keogh, said the NHS has been under "sustained pressure" over Christmas and needs to free up doctors and nurses to deal with the sickest patients. Now however, a further extension of this policy was announced, stretching to the end of January, and potentially putting 55,000 medical interventions on the back burner.

"It's not going to get any better, despite the Government saying they'll pump in a few million into the NHS". The hospital said that it had been "extremely busy".

They are being dispatched in fire engines or cars to treat patients who have suffered cardiac arrests, strokes, fits or heavy bleeding.

In a statement, the Trust said: "A&E is for patients requiring emergency care for serious and life-threatening conditions".

The president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Taj Hassan, said: "In increasing numbers of departments, conditions are just very bad and staff are stretched to the limit just trying to deliver safe care".

However, he added the cancellations were not all 'due to winter pressures of bed capacity. We can all help by not over-burdening the service and using it only when we need to.

According to figures quoted by NHS England, approximately 12-15% of attendances to emergency departments in the United Kingdom are due to "acute alcohol intoxication".

Bosses at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust revealed that plans have been made to cancel elective procedures, many of which were due to be carried out at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, and also called on the public only to attend accident and emergency if absolutely necessary.

At least 17 hospital trusts - one in 10 - have declared a major incident in the last 24 hours, the BBC understands. "And there's more flu around than usual", said Prof Chris Moulton, the vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), which represents A&E doctors.

'The latest weekly figures show hospitals reporting bed occupancy levels of 90.9 per cent - down from 95.0 per cent the previous week'.

Please be aware that flu and other virus infections are making a lot of people unwell in the community at the moment.