Busy weekend for health service

By Ian Dipple Friday 04 July 2014 Updated: 04/07 09:03

HEAVY rainfall, good planning and support from the public helped avoid record levels of demand stretching the county's health service to breaking point.

But bosses say the weekend was still busy and pressure on the system continues to grow.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with 7,889 incidents between Friday and Saturday (June 27 to 29) up almost six per cent on the same time last year.

Acting emergency services director Nathan Hudson said: "Whilst not a record breaking weekend, no-one should be in any doubt as to just how busy it was. Saturday night, in particular, was horrendously busy at points which is probably down to it being a pay day weekend.

"Although we have got through this weekend, there is no sign the level of demand shows any sign of reducing and it is still considerably above what we would expect to see at this time of year."

The county's hospitals also felt the impact of a busy weekend with 435 people attending the Alexandra Hospital up 4.8 per cent on the same time last year. The Worcestershire Royal saw attendances grow by 14.5 per cent from 546 to 639.

Speaking at a recent board meeting of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, non-executive director Andrew Sleigh said the idea the system was only under pressure during winter 'seemed to be obsolete'.

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