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MP thanks North Tyneside A&E staff for efforts

Friday, 23 January, 2015
MP thanks North Tyneside A&E staff for efforts

An MP has visited staff at his local accident and emergency department to personally thank them for their sterling efforts this winter.

Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth, went to A&E at North Tyneside General Hospital to meet staff who have been working on the frontline and caring for thousands of patients.

Like the rest of the country, North Tyneside hospital has experienced high demand for services this winter with high numbers of A&E attendances and lots of very poorly elderly people requiring admission to hospital.

Despite the pressures, Northumbria Healthcare has maintained the four-hour standard for 95% of A&E patients to be seen and treated during the last quarter of the year.

During his visit, Alan met staff in A&E and the medical admissions unit of the hospital, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Al Horsfield, emergency care consultant at the hospital, said: “Despite extremely high numbers of attendances in A&E this winter – particularly over the festive period – our staff have worked very hard to treat patients as quickly as possible.

“Teams in A&E and across the hospital have pulled out all the stops to deliver safe, timely treatment and cared for people with the utmost compassion and professionalism.

“They have demonstrated great dedication and commitment and we would like to thank them all.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Alan into the department and show him the pressures we continue to deal with on a daily basis.”

Alan said: “It was a privilege to see first-hand the excellent work of our A&E teams and pass on my thanks. These staff are a real credit to the NHS.”

People are reminded that A&E should be used for serious health emergencies. They should seek guidance from their GP or NHS 111 if their condition is not life-threatening or serious rather than visiting A&E and facing a long wait because clinicians are dealing with medical emergencies first.

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Northumbria Healthcare runs some of the busiest A&E departments in the country and with around 140,000 attendances in the past year, is in the top 10% of trusts in England with the highest number of A&E attendances.

In June, the trust’s Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital will open in Cramlington and treat the most seriously ill or injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside. It will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England dedicated to providing emergency care with A&E consultants working on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week and consultants in a range of specialities also working seven days a week.

When the new hospital opens, walk-in A&E services at the trust’s general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck will continue to care for around half of the people who currently attend the trust’s A&E departments with less serious injuries, illnesses or ailments.  Walk-in A&E patients will also be seen quicker as staff will not be called away to treat more serious emergency cases.