Four new nurses will join George Eliot Hospital’s A&E team in an initiative aimed at reducing waiting times and improving care.
This will allow the opening of a Rapid Assessment and Treatment area (RAT) in a space created by last year’s refurbishment of the A&E department. The area will provide space for five treatment trolleys each with their own dedicated oxygen supply and call bell.
The area will be used by senior medical staff to assess patients quickly and decide what treatment is needed. Being seen by a senior doctor first can lead to quicker treatment times by bypassing unnecessary tests and investigations. It also helps identify potentially life threatening conditions such as sepsis or head injury more quickly.
A&E consultant Mr Ahmed Ismail, said: “This is extremely good news for patients who visit A&E. Our patients will be able to leave the department quicker and we expect to see improved waiting times for people visiting the service.”
George Eliot Hospital’s Managing Director, David Eltringham said: “It’s no secret that the number of people through our front door is increasing and our hard-working team face a real challenge in treating our A&E patients within the crucial four hour target. That’s why we must address this challenge as best we can by changing the way we offer care and improving our service. The new RAT is particularly welcome as we head into winter – the most difficult time of the year for our services.”
The RAT will operate for 12 hours during the day and is planned to open in late November 2018.