Major incident plans in place as Dudley A&E unit battles biggest admissions crisis in four years

Stourbridge News: Major incident plans in place as Dudley A&E unit battles biggest admissions crisis in four years Major incident plans in place as Dudley A&E unit battles biggest admissions crisis in four years

RUSSELLS Hall Hospital has declared a major internal incident as the emergency department battles to cope with unprecedented demand.

Emergency action plans are being put into place and patients are being warned they face many hours waiting for treatment as staff attempt to deal with unusually high numbers of admissions.

Hospital chiefs say the situation is being managed “from minute to minute” and have promised to keep patients fully informed.

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Paula Clark, said: “The Trust has declared a major internal incident which means we are seeking the help of our partners to manage the situation. This is the first time in almost four years that the Trust has declared a major internal incident because of our capacity to manage emergency patients.

“We do not have staffing issues at the hospital. We have been experiencing high levels of emergency admissions since the middle of December 2013 and the capacity issues have come to a head today.

“As well as asking patients to only come to A&E if they are facing life threatening conditions, to help us manage the situation, we have asked West Midlands Ambulance Service to divert ambulances away from Russells Hall Hospital.

“We have asked the local authority to help us discharge additional patients to nursing homes and care homes, more than they would ordinarily do.

“We have cancelled outpatient clinics and postponed planned operating lists to get as many medical staff as possible to wards to manage the safe discharge of patients.”

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9:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Mrs. Pearson says...

I had the misfortune to be taken in to A and E in November and was kept there for 15 hours quite unecessarily as I had already been told 8 hours after admission everything was ok by an on duty doctor and my test results were ok but in spite of repeatedly saying I wanted to go home certain pedantic staff kept me hanging about taking up a bed that I didnt need. No wonder they're having problems. They could also cut their running costs and staff sickness costs down if they lowered the excessive heat in there.!
I had the misfortune to be taken in to A and E in November and was kept there for 15 hours quite unecessarily as I had already been told 8 hours after admission everything was ok by an on duty doctor and my test results were ok but in spite of repeatedly saying I wanted to go home certain pedantic staff kept me hanging about taking up a bed that I didnt need. No wonder they're having problems. They could also cut their running costs and staff sickness costs down if they lowered the excessive heat in there.! Mrs. Pearson
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10:32pm Sat 11 Jan 14

dudley old boy says...

Mrs. Pearson wrote:
I had the misfortune to be taken in to A and E in November and was kept there for 15 hours quite unecessarily as I had already been told 8 hours after admission everything was ok by an on duty doctor and my test results were ok but in spite of repeatedly saying I wanted to go home certain pedantic staff kept me hanging about taking up a bed that I didnt need. No wonder they're having problems. They could also cut their running costs and staff sickness costs down if they lowered the excessive heat in there.!
You're right about the heat, 10 years ago when I was on the HD ward I was having to get my sheets and jim jams changed through the night ,not once but every night they were saturated of sweat.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs. Pearson[/bold] wrote: I had the misfortune to be taken in to A and E in November and was kept there for 15 hours quite unecessarily as I had already been told 8 hours after admission everything was ok by an on duty doctor and my test results were ok but in spite of repeatedly saying I wanted to go home certain pedantic staff kept me hanging about taking up a bed that I didnt need. No wonder they're having problems. They could also cut their running costs and staff sickness costs down if they lowered the excessive heat in there.![/p][/quote]You're right about the heat, 10 years ago when I was on the HD ward I was having to get my sheets and jim jams changed through the night ,not once but every night they were saturated of sweat. dudley old boy
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