RCEM welcomes new A&E funding and 111 first pilots
Responding to at present’s announcement from the Division of Well being and Social Care, President of the Royal Faculty of Emergency Drugs, Dr Katherine Henderson mentioned:
“These are welcome actions to enhance Pressing and Emergency Care. Funding to renovate and restore our most challenged Emergency Departments is lengthy overdue however is well timed and appreciated as we head into an especially tough winter. It is going to even be important in serving to departments implementing social distancing and dealing to cut back the unfold of an infection.
“Additionally it is a useful step in the direction of addressing crowding in departments – one thing that places many lives in danger annually.
“An enlargement of NHS 111 may even assist cut back hospital crowding. Extra importantly it’s going to assist many sufferers to be seen extra rapidly by the service most applicable to their wants. This may assist Emergency Drugs workers to do what they do greatest and deal with the very sickest sufferers.
“Nevertheless, these actions is not going to make all of our issues go away. Long run we nonetheless require extra workers and extra beds, so at present’s announcement is seen a step in the best course, however extra work is required to overtake Emergency Take care of the higher.
“To be really transformational and enhance affected person care long run, we have to rethink how and why we measure Emergency Division efficiency. We welcome the announcement of a session in England on how we do this in a means that’s significant to each sufferers and the well being system.
“The four-hour goal has served us effectively for a few years however has just lately been susceptible to a spotlight away from the sickest sufferers. We’d like a wider set of measures that appears on the entire of the affected person journey and drives enhancements in scientific observe.
“Crucially any and all new measures should drive a discount in crowding, deal with the sickest sufferers and assist sort out the longest waits; one thing that the four-hour goal alone now not achieves.
“With a brand new set of requirements, applicable various providers for sufferers and a bodily overhaul of our most dilapidated departments, we have now the chance to convey Emergency Care in England into the 21st century.”