Hull Royal Infirmary opens new ward to meet demand

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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Hull Royal Infirmary has opened a temporary ward to help alleviate pressure on its accident and emergency department.

The ward has 27 beds, which hospital bosses hope will help to meet the traditional rise in demand for patient care after the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Chris Long, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive, said: “Like all trusts we have experienced a range of pressures across our services over the last week, including the emergency department (ED).

“Whilst we are caring for a high number of sick patients with complex care needs, we have continued to provide a safe service, ensuring all patients are seen, with no significant ambulance waits experienced on arrival at our hospitals.

“With GP services only available to the public for three days during the 10-day Christmas period, the ED has had to absorb additional pressure. During this time, our staff have worked incredibly hard, responding well and ensuring patient safety is maintained. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts and continued support.

“I would also like to remind members of the public that they can also help to reduce the pressure on our ED by considering alternative health services for non-urgent advice and treatment, such as GP surgeries, walk-in centres, minor injury units or pharmacies.”

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Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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