Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

One Patient's Eight Hour Wait To Get Into A & E At Treliske

news_ambulance.jpg
Submit this page to redditDelicious

2:41pm 1st July 2013

It has come out a patient at the Royal Cornwall Hospital was forced to wait in an ambulance for more than eight hours.

Two more queued for seven hours to get into A and E back in March.

The delays are among the worst in the country.

Graham Webster is Vice Chair of Health Initiative Cornwall.

He said: "The hospital is taking the brunt of all of the pressures. It can't do anything else, it has the Accident and Emergency department there. So, it can't turn patients away. Unlike community hospitals, when they're full they simply can't take the patients so they have to say 'no'.

"It's simply not acceptable. Patients shouldn't be treated in this way. These patients are emergency patients so they need to receive emergency care at the hospital."

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has blamed bed-blocking and a spike in emergency admissions during March, but insists patients were brought in to wait in corridors rather than being left outside A & E.

Consultant Dr Andy Virr from Treliske's emergency department, said: "It's very hard to promise things, but we are doing a number very significant structural projects including doubling the size of the emergency department, putting an extra ward in the hospital, putting more doctors, including GPs on the frontline and working with our partners in the community."

"We don't at all think it's acceptable and we deeply regret those days. We had extra staff brought into the department from around the hospital. All those patients received good nursing and medical care, but we accept that environmentally it wasn't ideal because they were in a corridor."

2:41pm 1st July 2013

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
floating classroom Helford River Children's Sailing Trust

How Cornwall could get a 'floating classroom'

A charity is urging people to vote - to secure funding

ambulance

The patients queuing outside A&E in an ambulance

Labour reveals stats for south-west NHS trust

Most read
gritters

Gritters out as temperatures plummet in Cornwall

And we could even see a sprinkling of snow!

storm waves 2

UPDATE: Wind warning for the whole of Cornwall

Attraction shut and major event postponed

Top articles

UPDATE: 'Incident' at Oxford Circus tube station

Cornwall News: Police were urging people to get inside buildings

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

'Screaming and pandemonium' amid Oxford Circus alert

National News: Witnesses described screaming and confusion as armed police descended on Oxford Circus in central London after reports gunshots had been fired.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

New Little Miss character revealed to inspire girls into STEM subjects

Showbiz News: A new Little Miss character will aim to inspire the next generation of girls into science, tech and engineering subjects.

Hope of happy ending after inauguration of new Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

World News: In excitement and expectation they came in their tens of thousands.

Manchester United's Michael Carrick says he is back in training after a heart procedure

Sports News: Manchester United's Michael Carrick has revealed that he has been suffering with an "irregular heart rhythm".

Football star Michael Owen finishes second as he turns jockey for fundraising race

Strange News: Former professional footballer Michael Owen finished second in his jockey debut as he raced at Ascot in front of Prince Charles and Camilla.

Newer article

Laser Treatment for Cancer Patients

Cornwall News: Treliske gets state of the art equipment that could mean patients avoid chemo

Older article

Launceston Man Jailed For Life For Murdering His Grandad

Cornwall News: 20 year old Stephen Lang will serve at least 15 years in prison

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall