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New data reveals 44 per cent jump in ambulance handover times pre-pandemic

New data has found patients in ambulances experienced significant delays in hospital admissions before the pandemic began. The data revealed patients were waiting for up to an hour or more before they were given to the care of A&E staff and may have had to wait in the ambulance or A&E corridors before they could be admitted to the hospital. 

It has also been found that in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, patients were having to wait even longer before they could be admitted into hospital. A case report by West Midlands Ambulance Service detailed how a woman in her nineties experienced worsening health whilst waiting for treatment and died a short time later. 

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Source: The Independent, 08 June 2021


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