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Airedale Hospital "ready to meet Winter demand"

Airedale Hospital "ready to meet Winter demand"

Published at 8:02am 24th December 2018.

Airedale Hospital says it's introduced new initiatives to meet the challenges of Winter demand. 

  • Last December 5,878 people were admitted to Airedale Hospital's A&E Department 
  • 537 of those patients were waiting for over four hours 
  • Earlier this year a purpose-built acute assessment unit co-located next to the emergency department opened
  • The unit works with the emergency department to stream patients to the most appropriate clinical area
  • The NHS in West Yorkshire says it's "better prepared than ever before"

The unit at Airedale includes a specialist area which carries out initial investigations and procedures for patients who need urgent assessment.

They are then either discharged or admitted into a specialty ward for treatment. Previously these patients would have been admitted for tests for up to 48 hours.

Stacey Hunter, Chief Operating Officer of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"The aim of the unit is to rapidly assess patients without necessarily admitting them. A patient who may need a number of tests is, if they are well enough, able to go home and potentially return for further investigations, or discharged with a treatment plan. This is a better experience for them, and means that beds are available for our sickest patients who need them most."

NHS England's Joint Medical Director for Yorkshire and the Humber, Dr Paul Twomey said:

"The NHS has plans in place for the additional pressures that winter brings. We are building on our work from last year and will be monitoring the system across the region to help resolve issues.

"Patients should remember that it's vital to get help early if you become unwell. You can now access your GP in the evening and weekends and local pharmacists can help with minor illnesses. If you need urgent health advice, call 111."