BATTLE’S PLAN COMES UNSTUCK AS VALE & PENARTH PATIENTS ARE STACKED

A dozen ambulances - all containing patients - were stuck for hours outside the Heath Hospital on Sunday

A dozen ambulances – all containing patients from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan – were stuck for hours outside the Heath Hospital in Cardiff on Sunday

A Cardiff and Vale NHS Health Board plan  – designed to prevent ambulances having to queue for hours to unload patients outside the main University Health Board Hospital at the Heath in Cardiff – appears to have come badly unstuck.

The plan had been outlined in a briefing to Penarth Town Council this month by Maria Battle, chair of the Cardiff and Vale Health Board which runs  the National Health Service in Penarth, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan .

Maria Battle is the chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Maria Battle is the chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

On November 2nd Ms Battle had told Penarth councillors that there had been  instances of ambulances being held outside the Health Hospital  back in March this year “but not much before that or since” 

Ms Battle claimed that the cause of the previous ambulance queues back in March this year was “because something happened with the domiciliary care service within Cardiff.” She told councillors “Now we’ve worked very hard with them and they [Cardiff Council] are putting their own domiciliary care staff in – so that there isn’t a repetition”.

She had also re-assured Penarth councillors this month that the problem had been thoroughly analyzed in July and what she described as ” a massive plan” had been drawn up which would minimise future delays.

But on Sunday all that came badly unstuck and there  was chaos yet again outside the Health Hospital .

12 Ambulances, a parasmedic car and even a police car were caught up in the long wait

12 Ambulances, a paramedic car and even a police car were caught up in the long wait. The delays led to a shortage of ambulances in the rest of the area

An ambulance driver shot a video of more than a dozen ambulances  – all with patients on board – waiting outside the hospital for Cardiff and Vale NHS staff to take them into the building. Some patients were waiting in an ambulance for more than four hours.

The driver told Media Wales  “This has driven me to the edge and I fully intend to seek alternative employment as I am mentally beaten. This is not a one-off or an unusually busy day , this is a serious matter that needs to be highlighted so there is pressure put on the hospital and the current Welsh Government.”

 

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4 Responses to BATTLE’S PLAN COMES UNSTUCK AS VALE & PENARTH PATIENTS ARE STACKED

  1. Hugh says:

    Maria Battle? Just another public/third sectorite who hasn’t a clue.

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    I had to wait 4 hours in an ambulance outside A&E in Cardiff earlier this year when my son had severe epileptic fits. This was very distressing for us and the ambulance crew. There is no target for ambulance waiting times but there is as soon as you enter the hospital. So easier to keep you outside. This cannot continue. There is no excuse. What has Vaughan Gething AM to say?

  3. David Moorcraft says:

    When my 95 year-old Uncle (Second World War Veteran) fell and was taken to the Heath from Penarth in September, He was held for 2.5 hours in an ambulance, outside the A&E intake , where I counted eight other fully-crewed ambulances who could not leave until their patients were admitted.
    Can you imagine the Cost of all that tied up ??
    Somebody is in total denial of the facts on the ground !

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