Shift to shorten waits

PUBLISHED: 16:04 23 June 2011

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STAFF shift patterns are being changed in a bid to reduce waiting times for ambulance patients arriving at Weston General Hospital.

Bosses at the hospital are making the change after finding they do not have enough staff on hand to cope with demand during busy periods.

It follows a dip in the number of people being handed over to care from an ambulance within the targeted 15minutes at the Uphill site.

Just over 20 per cent of patients were forced to wait more than the expected time during the month of April.

In a statement to the hospital’s board committee, director of elective care and service, Chris Bryant, said: “Based on this information, staff resources have been revised where possible to more appropriately matched resource to demand.”

A ‘multi-disciplinary team’ has also been set up to find solutions to help improve the hospital’s performance.

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