Southport & Formby  NHS Chief Operating Officer, Sheilah Finnegan Clarifies Councillor Tony Dawson statement on OTS News regarding Watchdog exposes Southport Ambulance A&E problem.

Watchdog exposes Southport Ambulance A&E 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.”

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