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Ambulances queue for hours outside Glan Clwyd Hospital

Published date: 18 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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FEARS have been raised that lives could be lost after patients were forced to wait in ambulances outside Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Rhyl councillor Brian Blakeley told the Journal up to nine ambulances with patients inside were waiting in a queue for a number of hours outside the Bodelwyddan hospital on Monday.

Cllr Brian Blakeley, a member of patient watchdog the North Wales Community Health Council, said he feared lives could be lost.

He said: "Some people were having to be treated in ambulances and paramedic vehicles outside the hospital because there were no beds.

"This is very worrying.

"It only takes something simple before we lose someone outside the hospital.

"Something needs to be done."

Cllr Blakeley, who is also vice chair of Denbighshire Council, said he had been told of one patient was stuck in an ambulance for up to five hours.

Angela Hopkins, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “At times we continue to experience periods of high demand for emergency care.

"Our staff make every effort to get people into hospital as quickly as possible, and we work closely with the Welsh Ambulance Service to coordinate our services.

"However there are times when peaks in demand occur, either because a large number of patients arrive in a short space of time, or because we need to care for a number of particularly poorly patients.

“Our locality teams, with health service staff working together with GPs and colleagues in social services and the voluntary sector, are supporting more people at home.

"This is helping to reduce the number of admissions and allowing people who have been in hospital to get home more quickly.

"Members of the public can also help us by only coming to A&E when they really need emergency care, and by using other NHS services such as their local pharmacy, GP, NHS Direct or minor injuries unit when these are more appropriate.”
 

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