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Record number of patients visited Princess Royal University Hospital A&E during winter

PUBLISHED: 17:10 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:10 11 July 2018

The Princess Royal University Hospital. Photo: David Martin/Wiki Commons

The Princess Royal University Hospital. Photo: David Martin/Wiki Commons

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More patients than ever before visited Princess Royal University Hospital A&E last winter as the health service continues to see “huge pressure”.

To cope with the extra strains on the health service, an extra £628,000 was invested in care schemes.

It comes as a report detailing how Bromley CCG coped with the manic winter is set to be heard by councillors on Wednesday night.

According to the report, despite the performance not meeting national standards, there was improvement compared to previous years.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Dr Angela Bhan, managing director for Bromley CCG, said: “Like most of the country we continue to see huge pressures in our urgent care services, particularly during the winter months.

“Bromley borough also has a greater number of residents aged over 65 than any other London borough and a growing number of new births.

“Both the very old and the very young have a greater need for health services which puts more pressure on the local health system.”

From October 2017 to March, the number of emergency attendances at the PRUH was 102,100.

Dr Bhan went on: “Last winter more patients than ever were using the Princess Royal University Hospital emergency department and other parts of the urgent care system.

“Over the winter, outbreaks of infections such as norovirus also had an impact on demand.

“In order to help with managing this additional demand, the CCG invested in schemes to help reduce these pressures including additional resources and improved pathways of care. In 2017/18, this amounted to £628,517.

The report going to councillors evaluates how the CCG – the body that oversees health and care services in the borough – dealt with the increased demand.

This included investments into services, which by the end of April had cost £676,000.

The report explained: “Increasing capacity within existing services worked better than previous winters when new provision has been introduced but not utilised.”

Additional services implemented included the ambulance service redirecting patients away from A&E, a new rapid response service, more community beds and more GP appointments.

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