Sufferers at Blackpool Victoria Hospital describe A&E as “madhouse” and “warfare zone”

Blackpool Victoria Hospital patients have described A&E as a “madhouse” and a “war zone”.

Earlier this week, the NHS Trust, which is responsible for Blackpool Victoria, Clifton and Fleetwood hospitals, became one of the first in the UK to declare a “critical incident” as Omicron’s surge put pressure on health services

Most of the visitors were also banned to protect all staff and patients and to limit the spread of the virus.

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The Mirror has been on the forefront of struggling workers across the country, with a union leader saying some patients are currently waiting 24 hours for an ambulance.

New figures show the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus has been highest in the UK since February last year.

A total of 17,276 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 in the UK on January 4th, up 58% from the week and the highest number since February 19.

Downing Street said more than 20 trusts have now reached the alert level at which priority services may be threatened, but stressed that it was “not a good indicator” of the pressure the healthcare sector was under.

A digital sign shows the current waiting times in front of Blackpool Victoria Hospital on January 6th

Outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital A&E on January 6, an interactive screen warned patients that they would have to wait 233 minutes to triage.

Frank Nanson, 86, a retired engineer from Lytham St Annes, had come to see the results of an MRI after he dislocated his shoulder but said they were not available due to “Covid delays”.

He told the mirror: “The effect of Covid, which is slowing things down, is clear. It didn’t seem so bad with outpatients today, but I know it’s a madhouse in A&E. “

Kristina Pissoir shared her experience on Facebook: “It was literally like being in a war zone and the nurse then told me it wasn’t even a busy day.”

Frank Nanson faced delays in going to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Frank Nanson faced delays in going to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

One could overhear employees leaving the hospital, asking whether they should work at all after having had a “cough” and were not yet able to carry out a PCR test.

One employee said she had only just returned to work after suffering from Covid for two weeks.

Another patient who refused to be named was being treated for an ankle sprain.

He said, “There was a line of people with tubes and on trolleys waiting in the hallway to be seen.

“There are people in A&E who have been there for eight or nine hours.

“I’ve heard nurses say, ‘I have to go because I’ve been called to another ward because they have too few staff there’.”

An internal critical incident was reported Tuesday at the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, which has reported a critical incident

Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, which has reported a critical incident

In a memo, Trish Armstrong-Child, executive director of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said that more people are being hospitalized than discharged every day and that the high level of sick leave affects day-to-day operations.

Natalie Hudson, Chief Operating Officer of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said on Jan. 4, “Like hospitals across the country, we are currently seeing very high demand for our services and long waits in our emergency rooms and nursing paths in all of our urgent cases. ongoing challenges in discharging patients who no longer need to be medically in the hospital but have nowhere to go or lack of a care package, and very high bed occupancy, all of which are made worse by the rapidly rising Covid-19 rates in our communities and increasing hospitalization rates, adding pressure to discharge and having a significant impact on staff absenteeism across the company.

“Due to the pressure the Trust is under, we have made the decision to report a critical internal incident – urgent activity to do all we can and must do to ensure the best possible care.

“We will also be working with our partners across the Fylde coast to ensure that care packages and support are provided as soon as possible to facilitate discharge and to encourage the public to help us up on this time Responding to demand by doing everything possible to help protect their families and friends by making sure they are fully vaccinated and following instructions related to social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands, and urgent Seek help from the most appropriate health services, visit the emergency room only in case of major accidents and emergencies, and use the NHS 111 first to seek advice on the most appropriate care for your needs. “

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