Posted on April 08, 2016

Wolverhampton A&E sees massive increase in arrivals

The A&E department at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital has seen an increase in attendance of nearly 18%, according to official figures for February.

The figures for March also show that there was a significant increase of just over 14% when compared with the figures for last year. The figures for February did not take into account those attending on 29th February.

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Chief Operations Officer Gwen Nuttall said that attendances are increasing all over the country. In the case of Wolverhampton, there has been a change in the way GPs refer patients to the hospital, and there has also been a transition with Mid Staffs that has affected the hospital. She has confirmed that the staff at the hospital will still ensure that care standards will still be high quality and safe.

The A&E at New Cross only opened towards the end of last year. It has three times as much capacity as the department it replaced and has put all emergency care facilities in one place. There are 30 treatment rooms set aside for minor injuries, with a further 18 for major injuries as well as the paediatric section. The new department has been designed to accommodate 175,000 people every year.

There is also an out-of-hours service and a walk-in centre close to the department. The hospital is also set to increase the number of maternity patients that it takes as the maternity department is under pressure at Walsall Manor Hospital and its trust was placed in special measures.

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