Patient 'logjam' leaves hospitals at breaking point

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A ‘LOGJAM’ of patients is being reported at Wrexham Maelor and other North Wales hospitals.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCHUB) managers have contacted the Maelor hospital and hospitals at Bangor and Bodelwyddan urging “any actions necessary to facilitate the discharge” of patients.

The BBC North East Wales website has reported an urgent situation in the emergency department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital which was “logjammed” with admissions.

In a statement. a BCHUB spokesman said: “Having weathered the Christmas and New Year holidays reasonably well, the hospital has seen very high levels of admissions since Friday last week across all specialties.

“The position this morning (Wednesday) is that the hospital is logjammed with patients which has led to high levels of inappropriate patients in the emergency department and long delays for ambulance vehicles.

“I understand this position is similar across North Wales and across our Welsh borders.”

Betsi Cadwaladr said there had been a “peak in demand” for emergency admissions to the three main hospitals in Wrexham, Bangor and Bodelwyddan, which led at times to “delays in patients being admitted to beds from the emergency department”.

It added: “As part of our usual procedures to manage periods of high demand, the health board has asked its clinical teams to make sure discharge processes are operating efficiently so patients who are fit to leave hospital can do so without delay and beds can be released to accept new admissions.

“We have also kept GPs informed of the situation.”

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