Angela sees hospital’s work to manage winter pressures

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Angela recently visited Barnsley Hospital’s A&E Department to see the work the hospital has been doing to help manage extra pressures this winter.

angela barnsley hospitalAngela joined the hospital’s Chairman, Steve Wragg, and Chief Executive, Diane Wake on a tour of the department, which was led by A&E Consultant Dr Julian Humphrey.

Dr Humphrey explained that the numbers of patients visiting the hospital’s A&E has grown from around 50,000 per year ten years ago to over 80,000 now – putting great pressure on the department’s staff.

Angela heard about some of the measures the hospital has put in place to help ease the pressure over the winter period. She was given a tour of the hospital’s new state-of-the-art resuscitation unit, which has been expanded from three beds to five, and which is there to provide for the most seriously ill patients. She also saw the department’s new ten-bed Clinical Decision Unit, which opened last Monday and caters for patients who need a brief period of observation before they are either discharged home or admitted.

Dr Humphrey also demonstrated one of the department’s new automated dispensing cabinets, made by Omnicell, which allow staff to type in the medication they need before the machine flashes to tell them exactly where it is, helping to speed up access to medication, reduce prescribing errors and efficiently monitor medication use.

Commenting Angela said:

“It was pleasing to see at first-hand how our local NHS is dealing with the pressures it is facing as we approach the winter months, this is especially the case for the Emergency Department.  I was especially pleased to see that Barnsley Hospital has been planning for some time for the winter, it is re-assuring to know the hospital is ready as it could be for a bad cold winter.”

Steve Wragg, Chairman, said: “We were delighted to welcome Angela to the hospital to give her an insight into the work we’ve been doing in our Emergency Department.

“The department, along with the rest of the hospital, comes under particular pressure during the winter months and we have been planning for a long time to help manage this pressure. It was good to be able to show Angela the work we’ve been doing and we’d like to thank her for the interest she has shown in us.”

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