Two wards at Warrington Hospital were filled with patients waiting for support to return home

Two wards at Warrington Hospital were filled with patients waiting to support to return home

Two wards at Warrington Hospital were filled with patients waiting to support to return home

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THE equivalent of two wards were taken up in Warrington Hospital by elderly patients waiting for support in the community to return home.

The shocking situation in October was brought to light in a report released before Christmas at a time when health chiefs across the country are raising concerns over increasing pressure on hospitals this winter.

The report was not made public but was brought to the attention of the Warrington Guardian in the last week.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones said: “The huge cuts to local authority budgets, especially here in Warrington, are hitting social care. “The government must have known that this would lead to more hospital admissions and to people being kept in hospital longer than necessary.

“They chose to ignore this in their costly and unnecessary NHS reorganisation and we are all now facing the consequences. “ Simon Wright, chief operating officer at Warrington and Halton Hospitals said they were working hard to create systems on the wards to ease the situation.

He added: “Like many hospitals across the region, we have patients who would benefit from being cared for in a setting outside of the hospital once their core medical care is complete to aid them in their recovery.

“We call this transitional or sub-acute care.

“It provides care needs that can help a patient prepare for going back to their usual place of residence after surgery or medical treatment.

“We are working hard with local commissioners and providers to look at creative ways to support the establishment of these units.

“This will in turn release pressure on hospital beds.

“We have developed some systems to help, for example we have an intermediate care ward at Halton General which allows us to provide some of this kind of care for patients who are almost ready to return home.

“This helps ensure that our emergency patients being admitted to Warrington hospital can be cared for in the most appropriate ward for their needs.”

Warrington South Labour candidate Nick Bent said: "This is a growing worry for Warrington families.

"Tory-LibDem cuts hit Northern councils particularly hard and we see the terrible impact of this on some very vulnerable people." 

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12:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

They should also address the problem of delays in patients leaving because they have to wait for their consultant to come off the golf course or earning money in private practice to have them released.

The lack of full seven day care increase the "hotel" costs to the NHS of patients who stay in longer than necessary.
They should also address the problem of delays in patients leaving because they have to wait for their consultant to come off the golf course or earning money in private practice to have them released. The lack of full seven day care increase the "hotel" costs to the NHS of patients who stay in longer than necessary. Nick Tessla
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1:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

nextdoor says...

Patients also face a longer wait in hospitals as their scans are cancelled at the last minute and they then have to wait to go onto the following day's list.
Patients also face a longer wait in hospitals as their scans are cancelled at the last minute and they then have to wait to go onto the following day's list. nextdoor
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