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Treliske Use Admissions Lounge As Ward
10:08am 5th March 2012
Cornwall's biggest hospital is forced to turn an admissions lounge into a makeshift ward.
Treliske says it happened last week after an unpredictable spike in numbers at A&E.
Bosses insist it is normal procedure and the area is equipped to deal with patients.
Graham Webster is Vice Chair of Health Initiative Cornwall: "It is a worry to us. We are aware of the bed reductions. and we're concerend about capacity. We think that there needs to be a continued conversation on this for the future so that there is some provision within the system when these situations arise.
In a statement, a Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spokesperson said: "In recent days we have faced significant pressures in our Emergency Department and across medical wards with an increase in the numbers of patients presenting with high acuity needs.
"Our staff are working extremely hard to ensure patients continue to receive timely, safe and high quality care at RCHT."
RCHT Emergency Department lead consultant Andy Virr said: "Our role is to treat those with immediate and potentially life-threatening illness and injury. Those with less urgent needs will be treated more quickly if they see their GP, get advice from a pharmacist or make use of the excellent network of minor injury units around the county."
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