There was no doubt this was our busiest ever winter, leading to a Major Incident declared on 3rd January.
To put this into context, we saw a significant increase in activity in December (compared to the year before), particularly for the over 75 age group – patients who are more likely to be frail, with multiple conditions and who require complex care and discharge packages - which led to the position we found ourselves in at the beginning of January.
For example, during December:
- 8,322 A&E attendances (2nd highest month ever) with 2,113 patients admitted into hospital (highest ever)
- A 26.5% increase in patients aged over 75 attending, which led to a 26.8% (212 patients) increase in admissions for this age group.
Yet despite this, we continued to receive incredibly positive feedback from patients. We are now working to improve our performance against the four hour waiting target, which has slipped, but in contrast with the national picture, is now beginning to see an improvement.
A huge thanks to all our staff for their continued commitment to patients during this time.