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Emergency Patient Delays At Treliske.

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9:53am 25th October 2012
(Updated 9:53am 25th October 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt that there has been a spike in the number of emergency patients left in the care of paramedics at Treliske for over half an hour.

Almost 140 ambulance transfers took too long last month.

That is three times as more than in August.

Marna Blundy speaks for West Cornwall Health Watch said:

"There's got to be enough resources. How they juggle the books? I don't know. I'm glad it's not my decision. But you've got to make sure that A&E has got to have enough money, enough beds, enough staff to be able to do the job properly.

"The introduction of the urgent care centre at West Cornwall is just beginning to make an impact. We need to develop that far more, not just at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, but also maybe in Bodmin, other parts of the country to take the pressure off Treliske."

Chief Operating Officer, Jo Gibbs, said:

“Improving ambulance turnaround times continues to be a priority for us and we are working closely with colleagues at the South Western Ambulance Services Foundation Trust and our other NHS and social care partners to ensure patients are able to receive to the right level of care in the most appropriate setting.  At no time are patients left waiting in ambulances outside of our Emergency Department.


“As has been planned for some time, we will shortly be starting work on a £4.5 million building project to expand the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital which will increase our capacity and offer better facilities for patients and staff.”

9:53am 25th October 2012

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