Posted: Fri 18th Sep 2015

‘Significant Pressure’ on Wrexham A&E Saw Patients Temporarily Transferred Elsewhere

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 18th, 2015

‘Significant pressure’ on the A&E Department at the Wrexham Maelor earlier this week saw some patients diverted to the Countess of Chester.

One Tuesday afternoon ambulances arriving at the A&E department at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital were diverted to alternate hospitals due to ‘significant pressure’ at the hospital.

Over the past few days there have been conflicting reports on where the patients from the Maelor were also transferred to a hospital in Bangor, however the health board confirmed to Wrexham.com that this was not the case.

A spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “On Tuesday afternoon, 15th September, Wrexham Maelor Hospital experienced significant pressure in the A&E department. Working with our Ambulance colleagues, a decision was taken to divert patients to other hospitals for a short time, including to Glan Clwyd and the Countess of Chester. Some Glan Clwyd patients were also diverted to Ysbyty Gwynedd to assist.

“These arrangements follow an agreed protocol and whilst diverts to other hospitals are not a common occurrence, there are occasions when our A&E departments become overstretched and patients need to diverted to other hospitals in order for them to receive timely treatment.

“Such diversions are always kept to a minimum in terms of occurrence and duration. On this occasion 8 patients were diverted. The department remained open to walk-in patients throughout, and Wrexham was able to accept ambulances some 2.5 hours later.”

*Picture sent to Wrexham.com by Mark Borthwick showing ambulance delays at the Maelor earlier this month



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