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A & E waiting times in Sussex soar

The Argus: A & E waiting times in Sussex soar A & E waiting times in Sussex soar

Patients in Sussex are waiting up to 12 hours in hospital accident and emergency departments for a bed.

The Argus has learned that 2,218 people ended up staying in A&E for between four and 12 hours in the past five months, more than double the number in the same period last year.

A further 25 patients waited for more than 12 hours.

The ill and frail have been forced to wait on trolleys, in a bed in A&E, or in an assessment area until a space has become avail- able elsewhere in the hospital.

Problem Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county’s busiest emergency unit, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, said it was “acutely aware” patients were waiting for too long, too often.

Patient groups are demanding more is done to tackle the problem.

The figures have been collated from weekly reports submitted by hospital trusts to the Department of Health and cover the period from September last year to the end of January.

Trusts are required to admit or discharge 95% of accident and emergency patients within four hours.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs the A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, had 1,328 patients waiting between four and 12 hours and 25 for more than 12 hours.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust had 842 delays and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust 48.

Delays are often due to bed shortages or because patients need X-rays, ultra- sound scans or other tests.

It can take longer than normal for tests to be carried out if the hospital is particularly busy.

A campaign has been launched by hospitals around the country, in partnership with GPs, pharmacists and social services, to try to reduce the number of patients going to A&E when they don't need to.

A spokesman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “It has been reported nationally that one in four people who are seen in an A&E department could have self-treated or been treated elsewhere by another health service which is why, this winter, we have been running a campaign to try to raise awareness amongst the public of the alternatives to A&E.

“Of course, when patients need to be admitted from the emergency department we strive to do this as quickly as possible but when the hospital is as busy as it has been in recent months the reality is that there is not always a bed immediately available for them.

“Patients who we have to hold in the emergency department until they can be admitted are made as comfortable as possible and regularly monitored.

“We are, though, acutely aware this is happening too often and we are working extremely hard to create more capacity within the hospital and the community which will in turn allow us to admit every patient as soon as it is clinically appropriate to do so.”

A spokesman for the Patient Action Group in Sussex said: “This is obviously worrying, especially as the numbers have gone up.

“Waiting up to 12 hours is bad enough, when it is even longer than that it’s even worse.

“It is something that needs to be addressed, as many patients are elderly and this is a situation that could get worse instead of better as our population gets older.”

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4:45pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Good to see the waiting times have now halved.
Good to see the waiting times have now halved. Crystal Ball
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6:04pm Fri 15 Feb 13

kemptownmassive says...

I dont think patients in the a&e department at the county largely wait for a long time due to the results of tests.

It's more a case of too little, overstretched staff on the frontline trying to cope with a never-ending surge of patients.

Due the time of year i.e. winter pressures more elderly people become sick and have to be admitted into a hospital at capacity a good deal of the time.

It isnt helped as is mentioned when a whole raft of people who should never come to a&e turn up with non urgent problems which could easily be treated elsewhere. They take up time/resources that really arent an emergency.

Then on any night of the week there are the usual drunken/drug taking patients who come in requiring attention.

A typical example would be someone who presents with a 3-4 week old injury at 5 in the morning because they "Think it will be quiet" and dont have time to go to their gp.

more staff and the ability to turn timewasters away would be a good thing. The bed situation well there's not a great deal you can do about that it's like a hotel once your full your full.
I dont think patients in the a&e department at the county largely wait for a long time due to the results of tests. It's more a case of too little, overstretched staff on the frontline trying to cope with a never-ending surge of patients. Due the time of year i.e. winter pressures more elderly people become sick and have to be admitted into a hospital at capacity a good deal of the time. It isnt helped as is mentioned when a whole raft of people who should never come to a&e turn up with non urgent problems which could easily be treated elsewhere. They take up time/resources that really arent an emergency. Then on any night of the week there are the usual drunken/drug taking patients who come in requiring attention. A typical example would be someone who presents with a 3-4 week old injury at 5 in the morning because they "Think it will be quiet" and dont have time to go to their gp. more staff and the ability to turn timewasters away would be a good thing. The bed situation well there's not a great deal you can do about that it's like a hotel once your full your full. kemptownmassive
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6:11pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Pebbles says...

And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land
And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land Pebbles
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6:42pm Fri 15 Feb 13

inadaptado says...

Pebbles wrote:
And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land
That one made me laugh. Because it was a joke, right?
[quote][p][bold]Pebbles[/bold] wrote: And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land[/p][/quote]That one made me laugh. Because it was a joke, right? inadaptado
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7:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

SableMable2 says...

When was photo this taken it must have been a long time ago when there was spades in the car park ...
When was photo this taken it must have been a long time ago when there was spades in the car park ... SableMable2
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8:48pm Fri 15 Feb 13

AmboGuy says...

SableMable2 wrote:
When was photo this taken it must have been a long time ago when there was spades in the car park ...
Again please?? This time put the words in the right order.
[quote][p][bold]SableMable2[/bold] wrote: When was photo this taken it must have been a long time ago when there was spades in the car park ...[/p][/quote]Again please?? This time put the words in the right order. AmboGuy
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11:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

inadaptado wrote:
Pebbles wrote:
And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land
That one made me laugh. Because it was a joke, right?
Sadly, there are a number of people who think that all we need do is pull up the gangplank, repel all boarders and the sun will shine every day, it will only rain at night and god will remember he's an Englishman.
[quote][p][bold]inadaptado[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pebbles[/bold] wrote: And (nationally) this will get worse when the final UK barriers are lifted soon and we welcome all and sundry to this green and pleasant land[/p][/quote]That one made me laugh. Because it was a joke, right?[/p][/quote]Sadly, there are a number of people who think that all we need do is pull up the gangplank, repel all boarders and the sun will shine every day, it will only rain at night and god will remember he's an Englishman. mimseycal
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9:56am Sat 16 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

Funny, if this had been the Greens supporting a cyclepath there would have been loads of the usual suspects slagging it off. But, there is complete silence when we see evidence of the real impact of their govenments cuts. Cuts that affect basic services such as A&E and the privitisation of cleaning jobs (hands up who think that this will improve things...oh! no hands up).

Goodness only knows what would have happened if the Tory toffs had not been moderated by the Liberals.
Funny, if this had been the Greens supporting a cyclepath there would have been loads of the usual suspects slagging it off. But, there is complete silence when we see evidence of the real impact of their govenments cuts. Cuts that affect basic services such as A&E and the privitisation of cleaning jobs (hands up who think that this will improve things...oh! no hands up). Goodness only knows what would have happened if the Tory toffs had not been moderated by the Liberals. HJarrs
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10:28am Sat 16 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

HJarrs wrote:
Funny, if this had been the Greens supporting a cyclepath there would have been loads of the usual suspects slagging it off. But, there is complete silence when we see evidence of the real impact of their govenments cuts. Cuts that affect basic services such as A&E and the privitisation of cleaning jobs (hands up who think that this will improve things...oh! no hands up).

Goodness only knows what would have happened if the Tory toffs had not been moderated by the Liberals.
Alternatively HJarrs, it may well be that cycle-paths have an immediate impact on peoples' daily lives whereas A&E only becomes relevant when attended.

The NHS had the seeds of its own demise built into it right from its conception. The cradle to the grave promise was a nice soundbite but did not really take into account that as we became more proficient in tackling the various physical and mental issues that befall mankind, we would expect it to address more and more.

Another issue of course is that with generations growing up who never really had to deal with illness, grazed knees or the common cold without recourse to medical aid, people are less inclined to trust to nature and time to tackle some of the lesser ills that befall them. They have lost the ability to judge for themselves, or rely on themselves.

As for your remark regarding the coalition ... And I say this as one of natures' born lib demmers ... The only moderation the Lib Dems have brought to the coalition is that we are now being hit by a shower of rocks rather then boulders. Ultimately, it still causes damage - and it is still the sort of damage we are not going to recover from for a long long time.

Having said that, politically speaking, the worst damage is probably to the LibDems themselves. The Conservatives are merely living up to what the Conservatives do. The LibDems are seen as having breached every principle they claimed to be built on.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Funny, if this had been the Greens supporting a cyclepath there would have been loads of the usual suspects slagging it off. But, there is complete silence when we see evidence of the real impact of their govenments cuts. Cuts that affect basic services such as A&E and the privitisation of cleaning jobs (hands up who think that this will improve things...oh! no hands up). Goodness only knows what would have happened if the Tory toffs had not been moderated by the Liberals.[/p][/quote]Alternatively HJarrs, it may well be that cycle-paths have an immediate impact on peoples' daily lives whereas A&E only becomes relevant when attended. The NHS had the seeds of its own demise built into it right from its conception. The cradle to the grave promise was a nice soundbite but did not really take into account that as we became more proficient in tackling the various physical and mental issues that befall mankind, we would expect it to address more and more. Another issue of course is that with generations growing up who never really had to deal with illness, grazed knees or the common cold without recourse to medical aid, people are less inclined to trust to nature and time to tackle some of the lesser ills that befall them. They have lost the ability to judge for themselves, or rely on themselves. As for your remark regarding the coalition ... And I say this as one of natures' born lib demmers ... The only moderation the Lib Dems have brought to the coalition is that we are now being hit by a shower of rocks rather then boulders. Ultimately, it still causes damage - and it is still the sort of damage we are not going to recover from for a long long time. Having said that, politically speaking, the worst damage is probably to the LibDems themselves. The Conservatives are merely living up to what the Conservatives do. The LibDems are seen as having breached every principle they claimed to be built on. mimseycal
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4:44pm Sat 16 Feb 13

whereisthe...? says...

So lets cut funding EVEN further, even though people will DIE as a direct result.

Signed, D Cameron
&
N. Clegg.



If people in this city cant agree this is shameful and get up off their butts to stop the Coalitions decimation of our NHS, then their really is no hope for us and, frankly, we deserve what we will get.


Check out the NHA party - a single issue group becoming VERY popular due to the Coalition's cruelty. Give them your support and send a message to ALL the other main parties that the NHS is important to us.


They need our help. And we need theirs.
So lets cut funding EVEN further, even though people will DIE as a direct result. Signed, D Cameron & N. Clegg. If people in this city cant agree this is shameful and get up off their butts to stop the Coalitions decimation of our NHS, then their really is no hope for us and, frankly, we deserve what we will get. Check out the NHA party - a single issue group becoming VERY popular due to the Coalition's cruelty. Give them your support and send a message to ALL the other main parties that the NHS is important to us. They need our help. And we need theirs. whereisthe...?
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8:17pm Sun 17 Feb 13

KarenT says...

I've been to Royal Sussex A&E about three times in the past 10 years, and each and every single time it was the same thing. About 80% of everyone there was drunk or drugged up, throwing up everywhere, occasionally with bumps on their head from falling over in a stupor. The doctor and nurses told me that this takes up the bulk of their time, and not just on weekends. It's shameful as it takes away from people who are there through no fault of their own. Not about to get into a debate about what the answers are to that problem, but it's the reality of the situation - people just not taking responsibility for themselves or their behaviour and then expecting A&E to pick up the pieces.
I've been to Royal Sussex A&E about three times in the past 10 years, and each and every single time it was the same thing. About 80% of everyone there was drunk or drugged up, throwing up everywhere, occasionally with bumps on their head from falling over in a stupor. The doctor and nurses told me that this takes up the bulk of their time, and not just on weekends. It's shameful as it takes away from people who are there through no fault of their own. Not about to get into a debate about what the answers are to that problem, but it's the reality of the situation - people just not taking responsibility for themselves or their behaviour and then expecting A&E to pick up the pieces. KarenT
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