The Wolverhampton Express & Star have reported that a number of cancelled operations at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital were up by more than 30 per cent. It stated „During April to June New Cross Hospital cancelled 109 operations while patients were already waiting to be taken to surgery, compared to 83 a year earlier, a rise of 31 per cent.‟ The definition given by The Department of Health of a last minute cancellation is one on the day the patient was due to arrive, after the patient has arrived in hospital or on the day of the operation or surgery.
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A&E Eye Casualty Service New Cross Hospital have also developed an Action Plan in response to the LINk A&E Eye Casualty Enter and View visits, the hospital have agreed to: undertake a communication exercise with GP‟s, Opticians, Walk In Centres, NHS Direct etc to ensure that they are aware that Eye Casualty Patients should attend A&E; A&E waiting room environment to be reviewed; Consideration to be made to regarding an internal route from A&E to the Eye Infirmary, having an Ophthalmic Doctor in A&E or organising internal transport and Children attending A&E for eye treatment will have the option of waiting in the children‟s waiting area.
by Maureen Campbell – LINk Policy and Research Officer News/Policy
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