Patients diverted as Wishaw General A&E struggles amidst bed shortages and high demand

Wishaw General patients were redirected to other hospitals over the weekend as the A&E department struggled to cope with demand.

The hospital decided to send patients to nearby Monklands for a period of time on Sunday due to lack of beds, although the hospital directors continue to keep the A&E department open.

Judith Park, director of acute care for the health department, told Lanarkshire Live: “We had redirects for a period of time yesterday due to the significant activity and lack of beds at the site.



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“Our A&E department stayed open and we continued to visit patients.

“When we have an exceptionally high emergency room rate, we as a clinical network work to redirect some patients to another NHS hospital in Lanarkshire where it is clinically appropriate.

“The sustained pressure we see in our three acute care hospitals shows no signs of easing.




“We continue to see an exceptionally high number of people visiting A&E, including many attending for conditions that would be best treated elsewhere.

“We ask people to protect our A&E departments for those who need intensive care.

“If you think you need to do the A&E but it is not life threatening, consider the alternatives.

“You can call 111 NHS 24 day or night and they will direct you to the correct NHS service. If all you need is medical advice, please use the NHS Inform website. ”

News of the shutdown comes when a Lanarkshire MSP called on the Health Secretary to step in to help the situation.

Meghan Gallacher’s call comes after A&E waiting times at Lanarkshire NHS remained below 70 percent of patients seen within four hours.

The goal is 95 percent.

Wishaw records that 61.8 percent of patients were seen within four hours.

Ms. Gallacher said: “These latest A&E figures are very worrying.

“Recently the NHS Lanarkshire had little choice but to announce a ‘Code Black’, the most serious pressure.

“Humza Yousaf has not got this crisis under control and more and more patients are paying the price.

“Our heroic frontline staff are working at full capacity at the NHS Lanarkshire, but they are under an unbearable strain and have not been fully equipped by Humza Yousaf.

“In July, Humza Yousaf said it was ‘misleading’ to say the NHS was on the verge of collapse.

“The fact that a Code Black has been proclaimed, the British Army has been called up, targets are missed and there is a very real risk of strike by our overworked nurses.

“All of this indicates that there is a crisis and that Humza Yousaf is clearly overwhelmed. I therefore urge the First Minister to step in to resolve this problem immediately. “

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