Infirmary bosses: ‘no cause for any alarm’

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

HOSPITAL chiefs say admission rates are under control despite alarming figures nationally – but say Accident and Emergency could be a worry if the winter weather bites.

Although there has been a reported 13 per cent increase in five years of patients being admitted to hospitals across England, Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) figures do not reflect this.

However, following an urgent staffing review earlier this year, coupled with spiralling rates of attendance at A&E, hospital chiefs are keen to reiterate the message that you should only attend in a genuine emergency.

Fiona Noden – director of performance and operations said “The admission numbers for WWL have been reasonably stable over the year, compared with the previous year. This is has been due to a number of admission avoidance schemes put in place and the close working relationships of our provider organisations.”

“One of the schemes is the Hospital at Home Service. The service allows care to be provided within patient’s own home. It has been designed to make sure patients receive the best possible care, in the best possible location matched to their health condition.

“While being treated at home, patients will receive the same level of care as they would if they were being treated as an inpatient in hospital, from professional healthcare staff with the same level of expertise.

“Their recovery is continually monitored and managed by the Hospital at Home Team. Care is provided by a team of community healthcare professionals backed up by specialist hospital staff.

“About 30-40 per cent of patients who attend A&E could be seen by a GP. Many patients present with common ailments such as the common cold, diarrhoea and vomiting or minor injuries such as cuts and bruises.”