A&E waiting times have dropped at the Great Western Hospitals Trust| Instant News


A&E patients were seen faster at the Great Western Hospitals Trust in March, when emergency attendance dropped.

It happened after the NHS voiced concern that people who needed emergency care were avoiding the hospital because of Covid-19.

Health services say staff have worked hard to ensure non-coronavirus-related treatment is available during the pandemic and urged those who need help to find it.

The average time between a person’s arrival at A&E and their treatment is 54 minutes at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in March, according to NHS Digital data.

This is more than three quarters of an hour less than the same month of the previous year, when the figure reached 100 minutes.

However, the presence where patients were left without treatment was not included in the figures.

The decreased waiting time came when A&E’s presence in trust also fell by 30 percent during the period.

This follows a pattern throughout Britain as a whole, where the average wait fell from 65 to 44 minutes because attendance fell 26 percent to 1.2 million.

The drop in the number of A&E visits in recent months has raised fears that people who need medical help avoid hospitals for fear of corona virus, or do not want to burden health services.

Dr Cliff Mann, NHS’s national clinical director for emergency care and emergency services, said most of the reduction was for lower risk conditions, such as sprains, minor injuries, and alcohol-related problems.

“But we are also worried that in reducing attendance these are people who should have come to A&E, and whose health might be at risk by not doing so,” he added.

“While NHS staff have stopped all efforts to deal with the corona virus, they have also worked hard to ensure that patients can safely access emergency and emergency care when they need it.

“So, whether you or a loved one has symptoms of a serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke, or you are a parent who is worried about their child, our message to you is: The NHS is here for you, so please help us to help you and go forward for treatment when you need it, using telephone or online services as the first port of call. ”

The President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Dr. Katherine Henderson agreed, saying: “These figures indicate that the average time for a patient to receive treatment has decreased, which is likely to be a result in reduced attendance.”

“Patients who are seriously injured or need medical care must really go to their A&E.”



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