Hospital apologises to elderly patient after 22-hour wait

Laverne Higgins
January 12, 2018

The flu status has been raised from "normal" seasonal activity to "moderate". Behind each statistic is a patient waiting longer for care, often in distress, and doctors working under impossible conditions, exhausted and frustrated that they can't provide the compassionate and quality care they want to for their patients.

They included 18-year-old midwifery student Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, who died in hospital last week after her flu virus developed into pneumonia. "This is not just about flu".

The Scottish Ambulance Service reported an nearly 40 per cent increase in the number of calls on Hogmanay alone while NHS 24 received more than 45,000 calls in the four days over Christmas.

She said: "It will take some time for services to recover from the pressures being felt this winter and for the spikes in flu levels to subside".

There is no question that a huge amount of effort and energy has been spent both locally and nationally on drawing up plans for coping with NHS winter pressures.

NHS Forth Valley said it had been dealing with a "significant" increase in the number of patients with flu and other respiratory illnesses in the last few weeks, among other factors.

New national figures released today (Thursday, January 11) showed that the percentage of patients being treated at A&E inside four hours has reached a record low.

The figures show that bed occupancy levels have gone back up to 95%, but, more positively, delayed transfers of care - when a patient is ready to leave a hospital - were lower than at the same point in any of the past four years.

His letter called for an increase in long-term investment and immediate help to tackle the current winter pressures.

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NHS Forth Valley has apologised to patients attending the accident and emergency department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital after they had the longest waits in Scotland between Christmas and new year.

Tory health spokesman Miles Briggs raised concerns about "alarming" reports that the Scottish Ambulance Service was struggling with a lack of call handlers in local call centres as well as crews on the road to cope with current high demand.

Ms Davidson said there were nearly 2,000 fewer hospital beds in Scotland than there were five years ago, when the total was more than 23,000.

As well as the fall in beds, she claimed social care places for the elderly were declining too.

Thousands of patients are waiting in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space.

Ms Sturgeon responded that "hundreds of additional winter surge beds" had been set up in hospitals as part of NHS winter planning.

Tom Wilson, 80, first endured three hours lying in a pool of blood before an ambulance arrived, the First Minister was told.

The Labour leader read an extract from a letter from Mr Wilson's son Michael to Health Secretary Shona Robison, which said: "I am sure you will say that it's got nothing to do with you or the SNP and blame Westminster". We will do our best to keep you anonymous. "Is this a joke?"

This impacts on patient flow through the hospital and results in patients waiting longer in A&E.

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