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'.

Share This

Popular »

1 Social club break-ins could be linked

2 Victims to choose criminals' punishment

3 Attempt to force finance chief out

4 Warning over strong wind and heavy rain

5 Tree tribute to Great War dead

More news »

Council Tax claim is a scam

BOGUS callers are targeting homeowners claiming they can

Last ditch bid to save piece of history

A LAST ditch bid is being made to

Multi-million pound boost for county economy

A SERIES of key projects to boost the

Woman threatened during break-in

A BURGLAR threatened an elderly woman while another

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Woman slams vandals who trashed her mum's Bromsgrove grave

A WOMAN has hit out at thieves who smashed two ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
HS2 cash for communities 'derisory'

COUNCIL chiefs have branded cash for communities affected by HS2 ...

Evesham Observer
Tribute paid to 'kind' Lynda

ORGANISERS of the Badsey Flower Show have paid tribute to ...