Basildon Hospital sees surge in patients

Southend Standard: Basildon Hospital sees surge in patients Basildon Hospital sees surge in patients

BASILDON Hospital has been on high alert for most of the winter after a surge in patient numbers.

The number of patients flooding into A&E in the past three months is up 10 per cent.

Hospital bosses said despite the rise, which saw them put on red and black alert for most of the winter, the trust had coped well.

Ian Luder, chairman of the Basildon Hospital board of directors, praised staff and revealed the figures at the latest board of directors’ meeting on Wednesday.

He said: “The bare statistics understate the huge effort this has required by staff, not only within A&E, but throughout the Trust.

“To succeed for one day is creditable, but to maintain the commitment over the whole winter period is really excellent.”

In January 8,818 patients attended accident and emergency, up 10.5 per cent on the previous January.

February is already proving to be the same with more than 4,200 patients in the first 14 days.

It carried on a trend from December when almost 10 per cent more patients came through the door than the previous year.

Mr Luder said the hospital had been able to cope with the influx thanks to the new 28- bed ward which opened in December.

Despite the increase in patients, the hospital has managed to reach the national target of seeing 95 per cent of patients in A&E within four hours.

Staff have also not had to cancel any elective operations because of the increase.

It is hoped numbers will reduce from next month.

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7:40am Mon 3 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?
I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead? Happy Chickie
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8:53am Mon 3 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?
If they could get an appointment or a week's time.


They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?[/p][/quote]If they could get an appointment or a week's time. They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area.... Howard Cháse
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10:09am Mon 3 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

why would there have been an influx of patients it has not been cold, no major flu out break can only guess at trench foot given the weather
why would there have been an influx of patients it has not been cold, no major flu out break can only guess at trench foot given the weather whateverhappened
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11:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?
If they could get an appointment or a week's time.


They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....
Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?[/p][/quote]If they could get an appointment or a week's time. They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....[/p][/quote]Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go. Happy Chickie
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11:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?
If they could get an appointment or a week's time.


They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....
Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?[/p][/quote]If they could get an appointment or a week's time. They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....[/p][/quote]Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go. Happy Chickie
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11:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?
If they could get an appointment or a week's time.


They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....
Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these A&E patients could have been seen by a GP instead?[/p][/quote]If they could get an appointment or a week's time. They will have to make the hospital bigger once they have built all the new houses in the area....[/p][/quote]Hand on heart, I have never ever had to wait a week to see a doctor. I can usually get in within a day. Although it isn't often that do need to go. Happy Chickie
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12:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bazza 1 says...

whateverhappened wrote:
why would there have been an influx of patients it has not been cold, no major flu out break can only guess at trench foot given the weather
My bet is they could not get to see their GP's within a reasonable time.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: why would there have been an influx of patients it has not been cold, no major flu out break can only guess at trench foot given the weather[/p][/quote]My bet is they could not get to see their GP's within a reasonable time. bazza 1
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12:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Really????? says...

I took my mum to Southend A&E on Thursday evening last week. We were told the wait was approx 6 hours. We went to Basildon to see if the waiting time was less. When we walked in there was someone waiting at the door, they took her straight in the examine her. She then saw the doctor and waited no longer than 10 minutes for an xray.
We were in and out in just over an hour. Could not fault the service we received! They were brilliant!
I took my mum to Southend A&E on Thursday evening last week. We were told the wait was approx 6 hours. We went to Basildon to see if the waiting time was less. When we walked in there was someone waiting at the door, they took her straight in the examine her. She then saw the doctor and waited no longer than 10 minutes for an xray. We were in and out in just over an hour. Could not fault the service we received! They were brilliant! Really?????
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4:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jolllyboy says...

As Basildon is being looked at carefully the care will be great - that's why people are going there. The answer is to improve the waiting time at Southend. People forget you cannot expect the same number of people going to A&E when the increase in residents in the town increases like it has. It has to be accomodated - that's the role of a hospital.
As Basildon is being looked at carefully the care will be great - that's why people are going there. The answer is to improve the waiting time at Southend. People forget you cannot expect the same number of people going to A&E when the increase in residents in the town increases like it has. It has to be accomodated - that's the role of a hospital. jolllyboy
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