Corridor Chaos for Telford Patients
A&E patients at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford are being treated in makeshift bays along a corridor.
A photo provided to Telford Live by a visitor shows a set of screens set up in front of a fire exit in an effort to cope with the influx of patients.
Sara Biffen, Acting Chief Operating Officer for The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Similar to other hospitals, we continue to face extreme pressures and increasing sickness from flu and COVID-19. Whilst it is difficult to comment on the context of this photograph, we would like to assure patients and visitors that the safety of our staff and patients is our top priority and our teams undertake regular fire inspections and training.
“All health and care partners locally are working to support the patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital as quickly as possible, to free up beds and staff for those patients who most need our support.
“Our staff are working incredibly hard, under these challenging circumstances, to prioritise patients with the most urgent clinical needs. Our teams of clinicians, including healthcare assistants, nurses and doctors, are regularly monitoring patients to offer them as much dignity and care as possible as they wait to be admitted to a ward.”
Alison Bussey, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “I am urging everyone in the county to only come to A&E for life threatening conditions and injuries. Please do not to call 999 or attend A&E unless it’s a genuine emergency.
“NHS 111 online should be your first port of call and will help you find where to get help and support. Minor Injury Units located in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch can also provide advice and treatment for a variety of minor injuries.
“Please be assured we are working extremely hard with our partners to release ambulance crews to attend the most urgent patients in the community, to improve flow through our hospitals, and to keep people safe.
“Despite the severe challenges faced, our services remain open to anyone who needs them during this very busy period.”
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