What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust apologised for the delays patients have faced

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust apologised for the delays patients have faced

More than one in seven of all patients forced to wait more than 12 hours in A&E across England last month were in Blackpool.

Official figures show that less than 50% of NHS workers have been immunised. The hospital claimed the figures are "incomplete" and that 81pc of patients were seen within four hours across all relevant emergency areas.

Esme Thomas, aged 87, was taken to the hospital on New Year's Day with breathing problems, but was not given a bed until the next day.

Some 95% of NHS hospital beds in acute wards in England were full last week, the highest since 2010.

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"We realise that this can cause extra stress and upset when patients are already very unwell".

They describe the compromise of safety at hospitals as "intolerable" and the NHS as "severely and chronically underfunding", while also publicly apologising to patients for failing to "fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service".

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Weekly figures released by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) showed an increase in cases from 46 per 100,000 people in the last week of December to 107 per 100,000 in the first week of January.

The letter, leaked to the Health Service Journal, signed by consultants in charge of emergency departments in 68 acute hospitals across England and Wales, acknowledged the best efforts of staff, trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

Dr Liz Mearns, medical director from NHS England's regional office, said: 'It's important we protect young children from the flu virus and get them vaccinated now.

Ms Davidson said: "People are waiting too long in A&E departments because there are no beds for them on wards, and because many of those hospital beds are taken up by patients who are waiting for their social care arrangements".

'Some of our own personal experiences range from over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely'.

"I said earlier this week and the Health Secretary said in the chamber that we apologise unreservedly to any patient who has waited longer than they should for hospital treatment or who does not get the standard of treatment that they have a right to expect, not just in winter but at any time of the year, and I do that again unequivocally today".

"We have seen in recent days an increase in the number of people presenting at Accident and Emergency from flu".

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Ms Robison also highlighted that the take-up of flu vaccination among health staff was "lower than we would want".

Our experience at the front line is that these plans have failed to deliver anywhere near what was needed.

"When I limped to X-ray, I counted four people on beds in a corridor", he said.

Meanwhile trusts up and down the country are seeing no let up in pressure in the new year, with some fearing the worst is yet to come.

"The efforts of our staff have been huge and they have shown exceptional teamwork and dedication in caring for our patients".

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said Sturgeon had been "found out" on her stewardship of the NHS.

We acknowledge that our Trusts and local CCGs are doing everything they can to create capacity and more beds in the short term, and we are grateful to them for their continued assistance in such a time of crisis.

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Patients are being urged not to use A&E unless it is a genuine emergency. Instead call the free NHS helpline service 111 or visit the NHS Choices website.

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