Southport & Formby DGH Statement on Ambulance Queue ten deep

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Sheilah Finnegan, Chief Operating Officer, said: “In common with otherlocal hospitals, we have experienced enormous demand for Accident andEmergency services since the New Year.

“An increasing number of patients are older, sicker and frailer. For example,there has been a 40% increase in patients aged between 80 and 89 yearsold.

“In March, there was a 20% increase in ambulances bringing patients to ourA&E department in Southport which is 300 more than the same time last year. On present trends April will be at least as busy again.

“The Trust is working with the North West Ambulance Service to better understand the scale of the activity we face, especially in respect of where ambulances are sent during busy periods.

“We are committed to providing the best possible care for all our patients and I know that, while the safety of patients was not compromised, this unprecedented demand may have affected the experience of care of some patients for which we apologise.”

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