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Southern Trust Restrained Attitude Over Hospital Pressures

The Southern Trust has been questioned lately regarding the recent high pressures experienced at their emergency departments in Daisy Hill and Craigavon Hospital. Despite the phone first system and the use of social media to encourage the public not to attend A&E unless absolutely necessary staff at both departments continue to be swamped by considerable pressure with no discernible let up.

Clanrye News and Sport asked the following question:

Q. It says the following on your website,

“Really busy Monday in both our Emergency Departments – Craigavon, Daisy Hill .Significantly long waits can be expected as likely to stay busy. Please only attend if you require emergency treatment. Our ED staff are working hard to look after everyone.”

Why is there long waits? Is it due to a lack of beds? Or is it issues with discharges?

A spokesperson for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said:

“Like other hospitals across Northern Ireland, our Emergency Departments are seeing increasing numbers of patients arriving for treatment. Monday was particularly busy across all hospitals in Northern Ireland and there were ambulance diverts in place between Emergency Departments to help cope with this demand.

“Whilst staff are doing everything they can to make patients comfortable, treat everyone as safely and quickly as possible and maintain social distancing in our waiting areas, regrettably some people are experiencing longer waits.

“We are also facing ongoing challenges in admitting patients due to our hospitals working at almost full capacity which has an impact on waiting times in EDs. We urge anyone with urgent, however not life threatening symptoms, to please contact the Phone First telephone number before arriving at a busy Emergency Department or Minor Injuries Service.

“We are continuing to work with primary care colleagues and other health and social care organisations regionally to address the ongoing issues across unscheduled care services.”

It is understandable that the trust would encourage those who have minor issues to contact the phone first system first and only attend if necessary.”

However Clanrye News and Sport then enquired about discharges and the freeing up of beds.

Clanrye News and Sport asked:

Q. Is the Southern Trust promoting the idea of care at home, domiciliary care at home meaning that patients can be discharged quickly freeing up beds?

A spokesperson for the Southern Trust replied:

“We have a number of community services to help prevent hospital admission and support timely discharge for suitable patients.

 “We are continuing to work with primary care colleagues and other health and social care organisations regionally to address the ongoing issues across unscheduled care services.”

Despite the trust tell us that they are doing everything they can to discharge patients to free up beds, emergency departments are still under pressure. In fact all the trust could do here is refer us to the Health Minister’s recent announcement to help tackle waiting lists.

Clanrye News and Sport responded as follows:

“Yes I’ve seen the plan and it’s great to see however this is a long term plan and does not fix the issues we are seeing today. Our A&Es at Craigavon and Daisy Hill are under extreme pressure this week and previous weeks.”

“How does the Southern Trust intend to resolve this issue now? Will you invest and push heavily towards care at home? Domiciliary care packages? Meaning that patients can be discharged quickly and treated at home via domiciliary care, acute care at home and community nurses?”

“I have been chatting to patients and staff who have insisted there are people at A&E in the Southern Trust that don’t need to be there and this may be an opportunity to help with the pressure.”

“I’m also curious why there is still a lack of beds if the trust is working with other services to help with discharges.

Should it not be a steady flow of patients out of hospital care?”

A spokesperson for the Southern Trust said?

“In the statement I originally gave you I outlined that there is huge demand on our services due to increasing numbers like other hospitals across Northern Ireland.”

“We are continuing to work with primary care colleagues and other health and social care organisations regionally to address the ongoing issues across unscheduled care services.”

“We have nothing further to add!!”

A very aggressive end to our emails shows that despite asking the questions the Southern Trust is content to give basic answers and fob us off. How can the Southern Trust look at themselves in the mirror while our amazing NHS nurses, doctors and HCAs etc are under extensive pressure and stress with no changes looking like they will happen anytime soon. Our question to the Southern Trust and its Chief Executive is how come this issue is still ongoing? and what is the Trust going to do about it?

ENDS 

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