So far 2015 has been a challenging time. The Hospital has been under enormous pressure with more patients visiting A&E than this time last year, and more elderly patients being admitted with complex needs. The result of all this is that we have put measures in place to deal with the level of demand to respond effectively and at all times ensuring patient quality and safety is not compromised. We have also worked closely with our colleagues across primary, community and social care to respond to the pressures that are played out nationally. We now have an increase in social workers on site and working at the front end with our A&E team.
Our Ambulatory Care unit has been, and continues to be, effective in reducing the number of patients requiring a stay in hospital, and the Acute Medical Unit is also helping to reduce pressure on A&E. Our Consultants and Nurses are working flat out to keep the patient flow moving and our wards are working especially hard to reduce the spread of Norovirus and Flu.
We would like to remind people not to come to A & E if they are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting because they can generally treat this at home by resting and drinking plenty of water, squash or fruit juice to keep hydrated. However, if someone is experiencing these symptoms and has an underlying serious health condition or becomes extremely worried about their symptoms then they can phone NHS 111 for advice. We also recommend that people entitled to the flu jab should have one.
On a lighter note, I am pleased to see that two new CT scanners are now installed in a new specially designed Diagnostic Imaging Department within the hospital. Radiology staff are being trained on the new equipment and the scanners will be fully operational from February following the recruitment of additional radiographers. This is a great achievement as it means we will be able to provide a more thorough service with shorter waiting times for our patients.
Kath Kelly, Chief Executive (Acting)