NHS Crisis: Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances

NHS Crisis: Hospitals Full, Patients Wait Long Periods in Ambulances

As of 11am yesterday, there were still 186 patients waiting to be admitted to hospital from A&E departments.

Some of the worst waits had lasted up to five hours, ambulance crews said.

"The hospital cannot redirect patients to any other hospital as none will accept them".

Tony Chambers, chief executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust, said: "During extremely busy periods like this we do sometimes have to cancel procedures, but we do not do so lightly".

"We have opened up additional capacity as we had planned to in order to meet the demand at this busy time of year".

Mr Chambers wrote: "You might have seen that on social media we've been putting out messages encouraging people to "Choose well" and only come to our A&E if it is absolutely necessary".

Prime minister Theresa May meets patient Sandra Dunn at Frimley Park Hospital on Thursday.

The safe limit set by the NHS is under that, but many departments across the United Kingdom were feeling that much pressure.

The trust also brought in four St John Ambulance volunteers to work at Antrim Area Hospital on New Year's night due to pressures.

Research shows that patient safety is compromised once the occupancy level of a hospital breaches 85 per cent.

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Richard Murray, director of policy at health think-tank the King's Fund, said: "Although these weekly data have not been fully validated, if they are right then hospital bed occupancy - a good proxy for the pressure hospitals are under - has been at even higher levels than past year".

Medway Maritime hospital saw 743 transfers, of which 179 were delayed by between 30 minutes and an hour while 79 had to wait longer than an hour. "I recognise that it's hard if somebody is delayed on their admission to hospital or if somebody has an operation postponed", Theresa May told Sky News. Please be assured we will be in touch in the coming weeks to reschedule your treatment or appointment as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging circumstances.

Extra GP appointments have been made available for people who do need to see a doctor or nurse, and 999 calls or hospital emergency department visits should only be used in emergencies.

In a tweet, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May's response was "not good enough".

Public opinion is very clear on Britons' preference - they say they would be willing to pay more in tax if it goes towards the NHS.

"We have consultants wandering around the ambulances trying to ascertain what they can do".

I received excellent treatment, and the staff saved my life, but I am concerned about the pressure on workers' morale.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust saw 820 ambulances arrive, with 268 waiting for up to an hour and 33 for longer than an hour.

She said her mother, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, became alarmed when she realised she was still in the ambulance. "There just aren't the funds for the beds", she said.

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