Patient discharge under scrutiny in bid to ease Shropshire A&E pressure

Overseas doctors are also being interviewed to boost staffing at the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals.

Problems with discharging patients from Shropshire’s two main hospitals are being put under the spotlight amid the growing pressure on A&E departments.

Claire Old, urgent care director for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, said work is taking place to find ways to reduce problems for the accident and emergency departments at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital.

Ms Old said she understood Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs RSH and PRH, would be interviewing doctors next week and that processes surrounding patient discharge were also being scrutinised.

She spoke to the board of Shropshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) during a meeting in Shrewsbury yesterday.

She said that ambulances attending A&E in the county soared by 11 per cent in December, compared to the same period in the previous year.

It was also up seven per cent on November last year.

The CCG has worked out that about 968 patients per week need to be discharged from hospitals in Shropshire in order to keep A&E working at a reasonable level.

The figure does not include those with more complex needs.


But Ms Old said the actual figures were much lower over the festive period.

A total of 923 patients were discharged in the week leading up to Christmas, 636 between December 25 and 31, and 776 from January 1 to 8.

The discharge target is currently under review, but Ms Old said one of the current problems was that only doctors are able to discharge patients.

She said this was being looked at to see if other specialists could be given the same powers.


She told the CCG board that there were problems with getting the staff needed, but doctors and nurses had been working above and beyond the call of duty to keep patients safe.

But she added that SaTH intended to interview overseas doctors next week in a bid to fill some roles.

Earlier this week, Telford & Wrekin CCG’s governance board was told that ambulances had to be diverted away from A&E in Shropshire to Wolverhampton due to spiralling pressures.

David Evans, chief officer for Telford & Wrekin CCG, said the diversion had been in place for a short time over the festive period and it had affected four ambulances.

Date: 11 January 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Telford school football coach denies claims over sexual offences

A football coach from Telford who is accused of inciting sexual activity w..

 Work to upgrade Ironbridge parking meters to start

Work to replace all the parking machines in Ironbridge will start this wee..

 Government backs GKN takeover by Melrose ​

Business Secretary Greg Clark has cleared Melrose's £8.1 billion takeover ..

 Vauxhall boss denies third of dealers to go

Vauxhall has denied speculation that as many as a third of dealerships wil..

 Great opportunity, or social cleansing?

It sounds like something from a different age or of a war-torn country, co..

 Artist gets on board with building firm

A construction company has enlisted the help of a renowned county artist t..
View More

More UK News

Calvin Harris lifts lid on Jam TV's demise

The Scottish DJ tells Radio 1 the spoof channel did not deserve to "belong on the internet forever"..

Knotweed 'cannot be eradicated', Swansea Uni trial shows

The world's largest field trial was carried out over five years with 19 methods tested

Sierra Boggess pulls out of BBC West Side Story Prom over 'whitewashing'

Sierra Boggess withdraws from a West Side Story performance after complaints about "whitewashing"

Father admits daughter's strangle murder in Wimbledon home

Robert Peters had admitted manslaughter but changed his plea on the third day of his trial

Child abuse inquiry: Institutions need change of culture - interim report

Institutions must take responsibility and prioritise child welfare, a report by the child sex abuse ..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

08 May 2018



View Details

26 May 2018

Farm Shop and Arthur’s Farm Kitchen: Tues – Sat 9.30am – 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm

Open Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Free entry Some activities and events are chargeable

View Details

10 Jun 2018

8am - 6pm

Adult - £25.00

Children under 16 - Free

View Details

14 Jul 2018

8:30am - 6pm

Adult (16 - 64) - £15

Child (5 -15) - £5.00

Senior (65+) - £14.00

Family - £35

View Details
View More