No end in sight to big pres­sures on A&E

City hos­pi­tal re­mains stretched by huge num­bers need­ing ur­gent care

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Huge pres­sure on A&E in Peter­bor­ough has con­tin­ued into a sec­ond week with no signs of an im­me­di­ate let-up. The trust which runs the hos­pi­tal has been on Crit­i­cal In­ter­nal In­ci­dent sta­tus on five of the last nine days and now hast­headded­com­pli­ca­tionof snow­fore­cast­from­to­mor­row.

The trust was last night on black alert, the sec­ond high­est crit­i­cal sta­tus, and is still try­ing to cope with what it has called an un­prece­dented de­mand for peo­ple need­ing emer­gency care.

Neil Doverty, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at the Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “Our staff across the trust have done a tremen­dous job in en­sur­ing that pa­tient care re­main­sour­pri­or­i­ty­whilstwe have beenonCrit­i­cal In­ter­nal In­ci­dent.

“We­m­an­aged­tostep­down our ca­pac­ity level yes­ter­day but are con­tin­u­ing to see a high num­ber of very poorly pa­tients.”

The trust was on Crit­i­cal In­ter­nal In­ci­dent sta­tus on Tues­day­toThurs­day­last­week andMon­dayandTues­daythis week.

Dur­ing this pe­riod the av­er­age wait­ing times in the Emer­gency Depart­ment ranged from three hours 46 min­utes on one day, to four hours five min­utes on an­other, and over five hours on the other three days.

The num­ber of pa­tients to at­tend A&E dur­ing these pe­ri­ods var­ied from 229 to 276.

The rea­sons given for the se­vere pres­sure werethe­high num­bers of peo­ple need­ing emer­gency care and de­lays in peo­ple leav­ing the hos­pi­tal who are fit to do so.

Staff have been work­ing paid over­time or have been moved across from other wards to hel.

That is set to con­tinue over the com­ing days as the hos­pi­tal pre­pares for fore­casted snow and hail.

Mr Doverty said: “Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the Level 3 Cold Weather Warn­ing­bytheMetOf­ficewean­tic­i­pate that pa­tients may at­tend our Emer­gency Depart­ment with an in­crease in frac­tures, slips, falls and po­ten­tially hy­pother­mia.

“We ask that the public fol­low the na­tional guid­ance on this to help to pre­vent this where pos­si­ble.

“We have im­ple­mented our Level 3 Cold Weather Ac­tion Plan to en­sure that we can main­tain a high stan­dard of ser­vice across the trust for all of our pa­tients.”

The plan in­cludes grit­ting out­side the hos­pi­tal in Bret­ton.

MrDovertyadded:“Weask that un­less it is an emer­gency the public con­tinue to seek al­ter­na­tive treat­ment op­tions, such as the Mi­nor Ill­ness and In­juries Unit onThor­peRoad, which is open from 8am to 8pm ev­ery day, or the Mi­nor In­juries Uni­tatS­tam­fordHospi­tal, which is open from 9am to 5pm Mon­day to Fri­day, or speak to the lo­cal GP or phar­ma­cist for help and ad­vice.” A man who raped a woman in a Wis­bech park has been jailed.

Li­nus Zukauskas, (27), of no fixed abode, was sen­tenced to 10 years im­pris­on­ment at Peter­bor­ough CrownCour­tyes­ter­dayafter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to rape and theft.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on the even­ing of Oc­to­ber 21 last year when the vic­tim, a woman in her 40’s, con­tacted Zukauskas to see if he wanted to go for a drink.

The pair met in the cen­tre of Wis­bech and bought someal­co­hol­be­foreZukauskas sug­gested they go and­sit in Tillery Park as it was dark andthey­wouldn’tbe­seenon CCTV drink­ing.

The vic­tim re­luc­tantly agreed and as the even­ing wen­tonZukauskaspro­ceed­ed­to­hold­her­dow­nan­drape her. He then left the park with her hand­bag.

The­wom­an­ran­home­and told her part­ner what had hap­pened and they called po­lice. She un­der­went a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion which of­fi­cers were able to use to link Zukauskas to the in­ci­dent.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Faye Bussey said: “This was a nasty at­tack on a vul­ner­a­ble woman. It took­a­great­dealof courage for her to come for­ward and re­port it.

“This has been a lengthy and com­pli­cated case but jus­tice has now been done and I hope this will pro­vide some com­fort to the vic­tim.

“Re­port­ing a sex­ual as­sault or­rapecan­be­ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for a vic­tim. We want to en­sure peo­ple that we take all re­ports se­ri­ously, no mat­ter when they oc­curred, and have trained staff who will sup­port you through the process.”

Zukauskas was also put on the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter for life.

Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal

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