Increase in use of St Helier Hospital's under-threat A&E

St Helier Hospital

St Helier Hospital

First published in Sutton Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

St Helier Hospital has released figures showing the rise in use of its under-threat accident and emergency (A&E) department.

The hospital’s A&E and urgent care centre had their busiest ever year in 2011-12, treating 81,739 patients, a rise of three per cent on the previous year.

The figures were released ahead of recommendations next month on which south west London hospital will lose it’s maternity and A&E departments.

The NHS Better Services Better Value Review will likely see one of Kingston, Croydon or St Helier hospitals lose both the frontline services.

Dr Carole-Ann Johnson, an A&E consultant at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, said: "We are seeing a year-on-year increase in the number of people using our A&Es, and we are treating almost 14,000 more people a year than we did just five years ago."

In August last year, a new Urgent Care Centre opened at St Helier, where people with minor illnesses and less serious injuries now receive treatment, allowing specialist A&E staff to focus on more serious, life-threatening conditions.

Last month, the hospital's NHS trust received a £5.5 million grant from the Department of Health to expand the service, that would remain if St Helier loses it’s A&E.

Last year it funded an extra three consultants at an acute medical unit linked to St Helier A&E which allows urgent assessment of seriously ill patients as soon as they are admitted to hospital.

  St Helier has the smallest A&E of the hospitals under threat. In 2010-11, Croydon treated 106,797 patients and Kingston 82,674.

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12:28am Thu 19 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I cannot speak to0 highly of St. Helier Hospital A&E Majors Department having been treated there and admitted dozens of times since 2003. The doctors and nurses are kind, caring, and highly skilled. They investigate thoroughly get the important tests done very quickly and start treatment long before I reach the ward so that I am soon feeling more comfortable. Looking at the latest figures above the workload is almost the same as Kingston's. It's a busy department and we need it for the local population rather than transport them all to Tooting to join the crush and waits there. For example Haematology emergencies are admitted to the wonderful Whitfield B1 Unit. If these patients are taken to St. George's A&E then they are not going to be brought back are they? They will have to compete for a bed at St. George's. Next thing the people that make all these changes would say that occupancy of B1 has fallen so let's close that too and St. Helier would become a pale shadow of its former glory. It's imperative for the local residents that the Major A&E is retained, supported and given the credit it deserves.
I cannot speak to0 highly of St. Helier Hospital A&E Majors Department having been treated there and admitted dozens of times since 2003. The doctors and nurses are kind, caring, and highly skilled. They investigate thoroughly get the important tests done very quickly and start treatment long before I reach the ward so that I am soon feeling more comfortable. Looking at the latest figures above the workload is almost the same as Kingston's. It's a busy department and we need it for the local population rather than transport them all to Tooting to join the crush and waits there. For example Haematology emergencies are admitted to the wonderful Whitfield B1 Unit. If these patients are taken to St. George's A&E then they are not going to be brought back are they? They will have to compete for a bed at St. George's. Next thing the people that make all these changes would say that occupancy of B1 has fallen so let's close that too and St. Helier would become a pale shadow of its former glory. It's imperative for the local residents that the Major A&E is retained, supported and given the credit it deserves. Michael Pantlin
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