As part of NHS Mid Essex CCG’s Twelve Days of Christmas Care campaign, today we’re highlighting what’s happening with our local A&E.
In 2015, an average daily of 220 patients went through Broomfield Hospital A&E every 24 hours – but by spring 2016 numbers were frequently far higher. On one day in April, an unprecedented 314 people came to A&E – and last month (September), daily figures often exceeded that. On 26 September 2016, for example, there were 334 patients in A&E.
The higher numbers are largely made up of people who would get the right care from a GP, pharmacist or even through self-care.
This autumn the CCG has been working Mid Essex Hospitals Trust to trial a redirection pilot scheme at Broomfield A&E. The pilot aims to redirect patients with conditions that are not serious or life-threatening to other NHS services.
Angela Wade, Deputy Associate Chief Nurse Emergency Floor at Broomfield, explains: “We are looking at whether the redirection pilot will help ease pressure on our A&E services.
“Patient safety remains the priority for us but people with a minor condition should not expect to be seen in A&E.
“We really need people to think wisely about how they use our health and care services so that we can provide the best and most appropriate care.”
You can find information on NHS 111, GP, pharmacy and GP out of hours services on the Mid Essex CCG website.