Operations cancelled as patients swamp hospital

Gazette: Operations cancelled as patients swamp hospital Operations cancelled as patients swamp hospital

NINE operations have been cancelled after a “major incident” was declared at Colchester General Hospital.

Extra doctors, nurses and support staff were drafted in after several days of high demand for beds.

A major incident, called when hospitals find themselves under serious pressure, was declared by Colchester hospitals trust on Sunday at 11.30am.

The warning was lifted on Sunday night.

However, nine patients were told their routine non-emergency operations, due on Monday had been postponed.

They will receive new dates within 28 days.

A trust spokesman apologised to those affected and said January was traditionally a hospital’s busiest time of the year.

He said: “No one likes to be in hospital over Christmas and elective operations are reduced, which means by the time Christmas comes, hospitals like ours have many free beds.

“But these then start to fill up and it is common to experience extreme pressure in early January. It is no different here.”

The spokesman said there was not one major cause of the alert, although mounting pressure and staff sickness were factors.

Trust bosses postponed some training sessions to enable staff to join the front line.

The spokesman said: “We would like to assure the public and patients that our accident and emergency department, while busy, is continuing to function fully. We are here and ready for anyone who needs the services of an acute hospital trust.”

Amajor incident was also declared on Monday, January 6, at 4.30pm. The status was removed later that evening.

A similar incident was also called at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital last Wednesday after 42 A&E patients were left waiting on trolleys for treatment.

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9:06am Wed 15 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

THE NHS CONSTITUTION 18 WEEK RULE STANDS

IF YOUR NOT IN BY 18 WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF REFERRAL BY YOUR GP GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND MAKE THEM PAY

18 WEEKS IS 18 WEEKS DONT LET THEM B******T YOU

BOOK IN AT A PRIVATE HOSPITAL AND MAKE THEM PAY!

IT IS CALLED MOUNTING A CHALLENGE AGAINST THE NHS ON THE 18 WEEK RULE.
JACK EDWARDS -
THE NHS CONSTITUTION 18 WEEK RULE STANDS IF YOUR NOT IN BY 18 WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF REFERRAL BY YOUR GP GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND MAKE THEM PAY 18 WEEKS IS 18 WEEKS DONT LET THEM B******T YOU BOOK IN AT A PRIVATE HOSPITAL AND MAKE THEM PAY! IT IS CALLED MOUNTING A CHALLENGE AGAINST THE NHS ON THE 18 WEEK RULE. JACK EDWARDS - A Very Private Gentleman
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9:19am Wed 15 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Nice headline ed your fired.
Nice headline ed your fired. stevedawson
  • Score: -3

8:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hatpeg says...

January is traditionally the Hospital's busiest time of the year"
So why book staff training in January?
January is traditionally the Hospital's busiest time of the year" So why book staff training in January? Hatpeg
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10:05am Thu 16 Jan 14

wormshero says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
THE NHS CONSTITUTION 18 WEEK RULE STANDS

IF YOUR NOT IN BY 18 WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF REFERRAL BY YOUR GP GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND MAKE THEM PAY

18 WEEKS IS 18 WEEKS DONT LET THEM B******T YOU

BOOK IN AT A PRIVATE HOSPITAL AND MAKE THEM PAY!

IT IS CALLED MOUNTING A CHALLENGE AGAINST THE NHS ON THE 18 WEEK RULE.
JACK EDWARDS -
Firstly, why all capitals? It doesn't make messages stand out, it just gives the impression that it's going to be nonsense. Mostly though, sure, this is an inconvenience to those expecting routine operations on Monday, but look it at the other way, if you were a patient who needed emergency treatment on Monday and was told "sorry, we can't keep you alive because people have non-emergency surgery booked" you'd be considerably more annoyed, surely? Also, how do you know these people who had their surgery rearranged have been waiting more than 18 weeks anyway?
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: THE NHS CONSTITUTION 18 WEEK RULE STANDS IF YOUR NOT IN BY 18 WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF REFERRAL BY YOUR GP GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND MAKE THEM PAY 18 WEEKS IS 18 WEEKS DONT LET THEM B******T YOU BOOK IN AT A PRIVATE HOSPITAL AND MAKE THEM PAY! IT IS CALLED MOUNTING A CHALLENGE AGAINST THE NHS ON THE 18 WEEK RULE. JACK EDWARDS -[/p][/quote]Firstly, why all capitals? It doesn't make messages stand out, it just gives the impression that it's going to be nonsense. Mostly though, sure, this is an inconvenience to those expecting routine operations on Monday, but look it at the other way, if you were a patient who needed emergency treatment on Monday and was told "sorry, we can't keep you alive because people have non-emergency surgery booked" you'd be considerably more annoyed, surely? Also, how do you know these people who had their surgery rearranged have been waiting more than 18 weeks anyway? wormshero
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