Southport & Ormskirk NHS Chief Operating Officer Clarifies Cllr Tony Dawson’s statement March 6th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Southport & Formby NHS Chief Operating Officer, Sheilah Finnegan Clarifies Councillor Tony Dawson statement on OTS News regarding Watchdog exposes Southport Ambulance A&E problem. STORY Watchdog exposes Southport Ambulance A&E problem ‘back again’ http://www.otsnews.co.uk/watchdog-exposes-southport-ambulance-ae-problem-back-again/ Re. Cllr Tony Dawson ambulance statement Sheilah Finnegan, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I would like to clarify Cllr Tony Dawson’s statement that ‘Southport hospital was marginally the worst performer in the region’ in relation to ambulance turnaround times. “The figures presented to Sefton council overview and scrutiny committee on 5 March related to four acute trusts in Merseyside, not the North West of England. “North West Ambulance Service recorded the following average turnround figures at Accident and Emergency departments between January 2012 and February 2013: Southport and Ormskirk (33.5 minutes), Aintree (30.01 minutes), the Royal Liverpool (28.3 minutes) and Alder Hey (23.33 minutes). “Clearly, there is room for us to improve our performance but these figures need to be seen in the context of recent unprecedented demand for A&E services at the Trust. “For example, in December, there was a 35% increase in ambulance attendances at our A&E department in Southport. During the Christmas and New Year weeks alone, 248 more patients than expected were brought in by ambulance to A&E of whom 99 were admitted. This inevitably affected some ambulance turnaround times. “The Trust is working with the 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 also establishing a project team to improve handovers between A&E and ambulance staff, and will be involving the ambulance service. “For the time-being they have agreed to fund a short-term post to support the handover process.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!