Patients fed up of waiting times
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.