Not enough staff to cover needs

LAST month, I was admitted to Weston General Hospital as an emergency.

LAST month, I was admitted to Weston General Hospital as an emergency. The ambulance response was excellent and I was taken direct to A & E and attended to straight-away.

Because of the shortage of beds, I was transferred to the Emergency Assessment Unit, despite the excellent, caring staff in this unit, it became very clear that there was not enough staff to cover the needs.

I have never seen any unit, in any hospital as busy or strained as this one was.

My next move was to the Coronary Care Unit and here too, in my opinion there should have been extra staff, rather than rely on there being a spare nurse around, if there was an emergency.


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I was then transferred to Burrington Ward, with their marvellous team of doctors and nurses. There are many of the staff whom I recognise, which is very reassuring when you are ill. This is due to the loyalty and devotion of the staff to Weston Hospital, despite all the critical comments that are published from time to time.

With the forthcoming election looming and politicians seeking our votes, please demand that our hospital is given the funding that it deserves. Most of us have the need to use the hospital and in my opinion, we must all support the hospital to improve the standards for the patients and staff.

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BARBARA SLINGER

Dartmouth Close, Worle

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