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Cornwall's A&E Delays

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7:01am 6th July 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that bosses at Cornwall's biggest hospital have been warned patients were being put at risk by delays at A&E.

At one point in March, six ambulances were waiting at Treliske.

One patient had to wait for more than eight hours.

Officials wrote to the hospital calling it "unacceptable."

Emergency consultant Doctor Andrew Virr insists they were not queuing out the door: "We accepted those patients into the department. They were seen by our nursing staff. They were assessed by our doctors, usually within an hour of arrival, and had treatment commence. In fact, in a number of cases, we were able to discharge the patients while they were still waiting.

"A&E often acts as, unfortunately, the bottleneck in that system so when you have, year on year, increasingly more patients coming to A&E departments, plus a high proportion of more complex, elderly patients, then that can cause patients to back-up right to the front door and that can be then challenging."

7:01am 6th July 2013

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