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999 patients sent to neighbouring hospitals as Stafford A&E experiences 'exceptional pressure'

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

By Robin Scott

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PATIENTS bound for Stafford Hospital by ambulance were redirected to neighbouring trusts on Monday due to ‘exceptional pressure’ on the Weston Road A&E department.

Chief operating officer Chris Holt told the Newsletter it was agreed practice between trusts to liaise with colleagues at hospitals nearby during times of exceptional pressure to see if there was a possibility of 999 patients from the borders nearest to other trusts to be taken to those A&E departments to ease pressure.

“Monday, Stafford A&E was exceptionally busy and by the evening we took the decision to contact our colleagues at neighbouring trusts and the West Midlands Ambulance Service and it was agreed that it would be possible to put this arrangement in place for a few hours.

“Our main concern is always to give patients the safest and most appropriate care as near to home as possible.”

Mr Holt thanked colleagues at the West Midlands Ambulance Service and neighbouring hospitals for their cooperation and help.

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