Marina Dalglish disappointed at Southport & Formby DGH after chemotherapy patients treated in nurse staffroom
Southport cancer campaigner Marina Dalglish hits out at Southport & Formby DGH hospital after patients had to undergo chemotherapy in a nurse staffroom. The Marina Dalglish Appeal recently help raise £1.3m for renovation work at the hospitals specialist cancer unit. There was a spectacular opening in November 2012 after the refit.
Click link below to view story and photographs of the opening.
Last week some patients were even sent home without treatment because the hospital struggled to cope with a bed shortage.
Marina Dalglish is very disappointed at the way the cancer patients were treated.
Main picture (above) shows Trust staff members Michelle Roberts and Lynn Sprigings cutting the ribbon into the treatment room watched by Sir Ron Watson CBE (left), former patients, supporters and staff.
Above: New treatment room
Above: Cancer Campaigner Marina Dalglish with husband Kenny at a recent fundraising event.
Statement issued from Southport & Formby NHS Trust
Unplanned admissions put pressure on beds
Liz Yates, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “In common with other hospitals, the Trust is experiencing significant pressure on bed availability due to the number of unplanned patient admissions.
“Although we are not admitting many more patients than would be normal for this time of year, those we are seeing are older, sicker and frailer. “In these challenging circumstances, anyone considering using our Accident and Emergency Department should examine their options and consider using other NHS services where appropriate.
“Typically, the Trust reserves 30 ‘escalation’ beds to cope with unexpected spikes in demand. By 5am on Monday, all these beds were in use and we made the difficult decision to use the Medical Day Unit at Southport hospital to ensure poorly patients requiring immediate attention could be cared for.
“The day unit is normally used by outpatients needing chemotherapy and other treatments. Adapting it in this way meant a number of patients’ treatment was deferred but only after discussion with their consultant to ensure it was safe to do so.
“We are committed to providing the best possible care for all our patients and I know that, while the safety of patients has not and will not be compromised, the unprecedented demand for beds has afffected the experience of care for some of our patients.
“I would like to apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced or upset by the unavoidable disruption these winter pressures have caused. “Every local hospital is facing similar pressures and I would urge anyone considering going to an Accident and Emergency Department to examine their options before doing so.”
Southport hospital A&E matron Jayne Norbury said: “Coughs, colds, sorethroats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol. “Contact your GP for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.
“Alternatively, visit West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital which is open from 8am to 10pm. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open between 7am and 10pm. “A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart-attacks and strokes.
“You don’t need an appointment but we’ll make an assessment on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may signpost you to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy.
“That’s why you might be better examining your options and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.” Advice is also available from NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 and NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk 24 hours a day as well as local pharmacies.
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