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  1. Content Article
    There are an average of 15.5 million emergency department attendances each year in England, and since 2012 there has been a 74% increase in admissions to hospital via emergency departments. The GIRFT emergency medicine report makes 17 recommendations to help match capacity to local demand and improve patient flow. You will need a FutureNHS account to view this report, or you can watch a short video summary which includes key recommendations.
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    Emergency Department Safer Nursing Care Tool makes an innovative and valuable contribution by providing the following: Establishment set by Annual Attendance as well as Acuity and Dependency Care Hours to Contact metrics on the current and recommended establishments A Deployment arm showing the hourly staffing requirement aligned to the acuity & dependency. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tool has been further developed to consider the implications of COVID-19 on staffing. From major trauma centres to district general hospitals with emergency departments
  4. News Article
    Cancer operations at one of England’s largest hospital trusts are being delayed as bosses admit patient care on wards is being compromised. Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has been forced to convert one of its few remaining wards for cancer surgery patients into an emergency medical ward to cope with an influx of patients. The Independent understands the trust’s A&E department is regularly overcrowded with 40 or more patients waiting for a bed at the start of most days. In a leaked message to staff sent on Friday and shared with The Independent, bosses at the hospital
  5. News Article
    Performance data published by NHS England has revealed a big surge in the number of immediately life-threatening incidents ambulance services have responded to. The data also showed average response times have increased and a large number of patients are attending emergency departments. So far, the reason for the increase remains unclear, however, a potential factor could be the return of respiratory illnesses, particularly in children, as the lockdown has eased. In a statement Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said, ”The reasons for the demand increases are complex and will
  6. News Article
    Latest data has revealed more than one million 999 calls were placed in July, showing paramedics were sent out to 82,000 emergencies last month and 8,000 more than the record set in June. This comes after A&E departments became overwhelmed with an influx of new patients over the summer, with many hospitals having to cancel operations due to being dangerously understaffed. Dr Katherine Henderson, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said, "The NHS has been running hot for months now and these figures show we are nearly at boiling point. We are worried that the publ
  7. News Article
    Not enough people know about the NHS 111 First A&E booking service as the messaging hasn't been strong enough, says Healthwatch England. The service can be used for patient who need urgent care but are not in an emergency situation, and patients can call 111 to "book" into urgent care. However, not enough people know about it, or what it's used for. “There’s a real gap in high quality communication to the public,” she said. “They [the NHS leadership] expect the public just to catch up with the changes they have made. 111 First [or] online booking services come along and we’re all supp
  8. News Article
    In a letter seen by The Independent to ambulance trust chief executives, union officials have warned the health of paramedics is being put at risk due to "unsustainable demand". Union bosses have also warned paramedics are being left in tears at the end of their 12 hour shifts and often working overtime in order to meet demand, warning this increased amount of pressure is taking its toll on the health of ambulance workers. “Ambulance workers have faced exceptional pressures over the past 17 months. It’s not surprising many have reached burnout. They cannot be left to just carry on d
  9. Content Article
    Data is included on: NHS 111 Ambulance response times Ambulance handover delays A&E waiting times Potentially preventable emergency admissions Hospital bed occupancy Violence in A&E Patients’ overall experience of NHS and social care services Mental health crisis care.
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    New data has revealed hundreds of paramedics experience physical assault and verbal abuse whilst serving the public. According to NHS, there has been a 32 per cent rise in assault against paramedics over the past 5 years, with more than 1,600 saying they had been threatened while on duty or feared for their own lives. Now, ambulance trusts are aiming to fit paramedics with body cameras while the West Midlands have CCTV inside their ambulances. "After years of lobbying, the legislation is now in place to ensure that the worst offenders are severely and appropriately dealt with. The p
  11. News Article
    NHS bosses have warned as Covid-19 infections rise, the demand for A&E ha surged, colliding with holiday season. According to reports, hospitals are being told to brace themselves as admissions to hospital for patients with Covid have risen by more than 30 per cent over the past week. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, chief executive Dame Jackie Daniel has said, “We are going through the ‘perfect storm’ of high numbers of Covid patients in hospital, high Covid infections in the community, which is affecting staff and our families, unprecedented levels of urgent and emergency demand
  12. News Article
    Some people calling 999 are having to wait up to 10 minutes before their call is answered. Staff have warned patients may be coming to harm, and may be even dying as a result of the delays and with paramedics also reporting it's taking as long as 24 hours for some ambulances to reach patients. One paramedic has told The Independent, “We are stacking over 500 jobs, with patients waiting hours for an ambulance response. That includes elderly vulnerable people who have fallen but only merit a category three, so their calls are routinely pushed further and further down the queue. In the last
  13. News Article
    The London Ambulance service declared a 'business continuity incident' on Monday after a surge in 999 calls. Paramedics were told the ambulance service was under extreme demand after the calls threatened to overwhelm the service. The announcement was made after more than 400 calls were made in a single hour during Monday afternoon. “Yesterday we saw high levels of demand for our services and used tested processes to care for our patients – this allowed some people with the least urgent care needs to be treated through alternative routes" said a London Ambulance Service spokesperson
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    Hospital waiting lists across the country could hit 13 million in the months to come. Reports have found Manchester Hospitals are having to provide extra beds for critical care patients as the number of people coming in has surged. Hospitals are struggling to cope due to increase in patients attending hospitals in the city a reports the Manchester Evening News. The “number of people attending emergency departments across Greater Manchester has seen a significant increase in recent weeks” and that assistance from hospitals in other parts of the country was “part of our usual proc
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    In November last year, Unison and RCN raised concerns with NHS Forth Valley chief executive Cathie Cowan amid bullying claims made by emergency department staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. In light of the reports of bullying, a review was commissioned and leaked details revealed junior doctors were left unsupervised on shifts, nurses and doctors had said they are 'battle-weary', and many senior staff members have resigned their posts. Karren Morrison, Unison Forth Valley health branch secretary has said: ‘Last year, concerns were being raised by our members who worked in, or wh
  16. News Article
    Major change is required if Northern Ireland's emergency departments are to avoid another "exceptionally difficult" winter, a senior consultant has warned. Dr Brendan Lavery, who works for the Western Health Trust, said "standing still is not an option". He described the system as currently operating on a "knife edge". The Department of Health said it was "a very challenging time" for staff "with COVID-19 restrictions impacting on an already fragile system". Speaking to BBC News NI, Dr Lavery likened the situation to "Groundhog Day" with decade-long problems like capacity and st
  17. Content Article
    The Manchester Triage System is a clinical risk management tool used by clinicians worldwide to enable them to safely manage patient flow when clinical need far exceeds capacity. The MTS is now an integrated series of tools used in the following domain: Emergency triage: Emergency departments. Telephone triage and advice: Urgent care desks. Pathfinder: Paramedic ambulances. Nursing and residential triage: Nursing and residential homes. SAFE pathways: Community-based HCPs. The 5 triage tools all share: A reductive methodology identifying life
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    HSIB recommendations HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement revise the Ambulance Clinical Quality Indicator: Clinical Outcomes for ST-elevation myocardial infarction to reflect each element of the call to balloon response and review this indicator alongside the critical time standards workstream. HSIB recommends that the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, working with the College of Paramedics and cardiology specialists, produces a position statement on the use of pre-hospital thrombolysis by paramedics. HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvemen
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