Pa­tients fed up of wait­ing times

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PA­TIENTS at Bucks hos­pi­tals are un­happy about the amount of time they spend wait­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the adult in­pa­tient sur­vey 2016, pa­tients at Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care gave the trust one of the low­est scores in Eng­land, when it came to rat­ing how they felt about the length of time they spent on the wait­ing list be­fore a planned ad­mis­sion.

The trust re­ceived a score of 7.1 out of 10, with those who felt they were ad­mit­ted as soon as ne­c­es­sary giv­ing a score of 10 and some­one who felt they should have been ad­mit­ted a lot sooner would score 0.

As well as be­ing one of the worst scores in Eng­land, it is down from 7.9 out of 10 in 2015, a sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant drop that sug­gests pa­tients feel they are hav­ing to wait longer for the treat­ment they need.

Pa­tients Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care have also seen a sig­nif­i­cant de­cline in their rat­ing for how long they had to wait be­tween ar­riv­ing at hos­pi­tal, for ei­ther planned or emer­gency ad­mis­sions, and be­ing given a bed on a ward.

In 2016, they gave a score of 7.4 out of 10, where 10 was when they felt they had not had a long wait and 0 was when they felt they def­i­nitely had a long wait, sig­nif­i­cantly down from 2015, when the score was 8.0 out of 10.

Across Eng­land, nearly three quar­ters of re­spond- at ents (73%) who had a planned ad­mis­sion to hos­pi­tal, or who were ad­mit­ted from a wait­ing list, said they felt they were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal as soon as they thought was ne­c­es­sary and 79% of pa­tients said that their ad­mis­sion date was not changed by their hos­pi­tal.

Both these sets of fig­ures had only very slight changes and have re­mained mostly con­sis­tent over the past 10 years.

Over­all, there has been a marked in­crease in how long pa­tients have to wait to get a bed on a ward.

In 2016, 65% of pa­tients said they did not have to wait a long time to get to a bed on a ward, in com­par­i­son to 69% in 2015, 68% in 2011 and 70% in 2006.

When look­ing at the dif­fer­ence in wait­ing times be­tween emer­gency and planned ad­mis­sions, the data in­di­cates that emer­gency pa­tients have been wait­ing longer to get a bed on a ward.

In 2016, 82% of re­spon­dents who said they def­i­nitely had to wait a long time were emer­gency ad­mis­sions, com­pared to 78% in 2015, 75% in 2011 and 73% in 2006.

The 2016 in­pa­tient sur­vey pub­lished by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion in­volved 149 NHS acute and NHS foun­da­tion trusts in Eng­land who sent ques­tion­naires to a to­tal of 185,007 pa­tients.

Re­sponses were re­ceived from 77,850 peo­ple, which is an ad­justed re­sponse rate of 44%.

Trusts se­lected a sam­ple of pa­tients who re­ceived care in hos­pi­tal dur­ing July 2016 by in­clud­ing every con­sec­u­tive dis­charge count­ing back from July 31 un­til they had se­lected 1,250 pa­tients.

Field­work for the sur­vey (the pe­riod dur­ing which ques­tion­naires were sent out and re­turned) took place be­tween Au­gust 2016 and Jan­uary 2017.

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