Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Shocking photos show strain on Merseyside hospitals

Queues inside Aintree Hospital as paramedics line up to hand over their patients to busy A&E staff
These photos bring shame on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as TWENTY ambulance crews wait in line to hand over their patients to frantic A&E staff.
Taken inside Aintree Hospital on a week night, they show the huge pressures faced by hard-working NHS staff to keep the health service afloat.
Dementia sufferer Albert Hooley, a 92-year-old Second World War veteran, was among those left waiting on a trolley as A&E workers battled to deal with the huge influx.
Queues inside Aintree Hospital
His granddaughter Emma Satchell shared these photos on social media to raise awareness of the plight of the NHS.
Mr Hooley, pictured right, who served aboard HMS Tartar in the 1940s and was made a citizen of honour by Liverpool council in 2014, suffers from Alzheimer’s and was rushed to hospital following trouble with his heart and pacemaker. He is now recovering at home.

Paramedics line up to hand over their patients to busy A&E staffEmma wrote on social media: “I witnessed first hand how the Government cuts are crippling our NHS.
“My granddad was taken in by ambulance at 10pm with suspected problems with his heart and pacemaker.
“When I got there he was in a queue on a stretcher in the corridor accompanied by the paramedics who brought him in.
“At this point there were 20 paramedics and technicians standing in a corridor with their patients waiting to be seen.
“At 1am he was seen for the first time by a doctor – still in the corridor with no dignity whatsoever.”
She added: “The delays, due to lack of beds, had a massive impact on emergency calls as the paramedics are unable to hand over the patient until a bed becomes available.
“(It’s) an absolute disgrace, yet the Government continue to enforce their cuts on the emergency services.
“I have nothing but praise for the dedicated and over-stretched staff of the NHS and ambulance service who face these battles on a daily basis.”

Dementia sufferer Albert Hooley, a 92-year-old Second World War Navy veteran
An Aintree Hospital spokesman said the photos were taken on a “very busy” night and thanked patients for their understanding.
He added: “Our A&E department is for life-threatening emergencies and all patients are seen according to clinical need and the seriousness of their condition, which can take time.”
Aintree dealt with 84.5% of its A&E patients within four hours in September – behind the 95% target.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “No patient should have to wait unnecessarily before being admitted to hospital and across the country, hard-working NHS staff are making sure patients get a high standard of care despite record levels of demand.
“We are committed to delivering a safer seven-day NHS, which is why we have invested £10bn to fund the NHS’s own plan to transform services in the future.”
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