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Hospital Faces Monthly Monitoring

Wednesday July 17 2013


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


BARNSLEY Hospital now faces monthly monitoring of its accident and emergency department after it failed to meet its waiting time targets.

The national target for all hospitals is that 95 per cent of patients are dealt with within four hours and starts when the patient arrives. It stops when they're admitted into hospital or discharged.

There has been improvement over the last quarter, with percentages rising from 87.53 in April, to 96 per cent in May and 96.11 per cent in June.

But interim chief executive David Peverelle said the hospital would now be monitored by regulatory body Monitor every month.

"Our governance rating is red, which means they will monitor our performance on a monthly basis. If we meet the targets in the next two quarters, they will remove the red rating.

"If we fail to achieve it, it could lead to some further intervention. Monitor may come and look at our systems and see what improvements need to be made."

In April, 6,843 people attended the department, compared with 6,340 in May and 6,759 in June.

To help the hospital achieve the target, its systems have been reviewed and there has also been investment, with more therapists, doctors and another consultant being set on.

"Things are improving and I do think it's down to the actions we have in place," David added. "The percentage of patients being seen in four hours for July is currently at 98 per cent."

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Reply Posted by Bing on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 14:16
I was there a few weeks ago wi my lil one in the children's side an the doctors an nurses were on about patients not get the proper care they should be gettin an how bad they feel that the patients were been sent home an not following prota call the nurse went on to say she had written a letter to the head office expressing her concerns about the care they are givin an that its not right I was there 5 an a half hours

Reply Posted by popstar on Thursday July 18 2013 at 14:08
I have been there a few times in the accident and emergency and had to wait well over 7 hours

Reply Posted by JJ on Thursday July 18 2013 at 23:44
Do people not realise that if you was in a life and death situation you would be seen immediately. I apologise if we choose to treat a cardic arrest before a stubbed toe, get a bit of perspective people and realise that the a&e department work on priorities and if you are fit and otherwise well then you will have to wait! There is a growing demand in the nhs that is massively above the staffing levels therefore please realise that a&e stands for accident and emergency..for all other issues please see your GP and if not we shall be with you in due course thankyou!

Reply Posted by Ro on Friday July 19 2013 at 08:28
Longest i have waited was 4 n alf hr bt most of time i cud be there for a hr n go through

Reply Posted by miss H on Friday July 19 2013 at 20:50
i was in from 7pm til 5am with chest pain and shortness of breath, i had the initial checks then the nurse left the cubicle , closed the curtain and no one else came in til 3:30am , and i was unable to reach the emergency buzzer

Reply Posted by Vicki on Friday July 19 2013 at 22:56
I've never commented on here before, but I feel that this story just opens Barnsley up to the usual barrage of insults without telling the whole story. What people don't realise is the A&E department is often left with no option but to breach the target. Do people really think the nurses and doctors are sat there twiddling their thumbs? No-one can see when they are sat in the waiting room what is really going on beyond the doors and into the department. There could be numerous cardiac patients, critically ill children, those requiring observation. If the new 111 cannot return a call in less than 24 hours, people will pile up to A&E because they know the department pushes to see them within 4 instead of using their common sense and deciding whether or not their ailment justifies A&E. I think with children its different, and people will always go to A&E if they suspect anything amis, but this increases pressures too. I honestly don't know what people expect the hospital to do. They work on full rotas but still people come. Open back up the GP walk-in centre, and let the 111 improve before pulling down a hospital who is trying to do its best.

Reply Posted by gratefull on Monday July 22 2013 at 13:01
you know what if youv'e been sat in A&E for over 4 hrs and your still alive and kicking and well enough to moan about it then ask your self 2 questions,1 how many people who were obviously a lot more sick than you were have been treated and possibly had their lives saved while you were waiting,and 2 if your still well enough after 4hrs waiting, to moan about waiting 4hrs do you actually need to be in A&E or could you have gone to see your own GP,just a thought

Reply Posted by COLWAL on Monday July 22 2013 at 18:16
Can i just start by saying i think all doctors and nursing staff and everybody in the nhs deserves our praise and heres the but my dad was at Kendray hospital suffering from louis body dementia he wasnt very well so they then escorted him to barnsley a&e where he sat for about six hours was then sent back to kendray with cold we then two hours later visited him at Kendray where he wouldnt wake up we called 999 36 hours later he died off pneumonia so to be still alive at the end off 4 hours waiting doesnt always mean there is not a genuine reason to be in A&E but we did get an apology so everybody did there job to the best off their ability i suppose.

Reply Posted by ET on Monday July 22 2013 at 19:11
Too many medical staff have too much input on computers to attend to. They are trained in medicine and nursing care, not I.T. ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!!