"Is this an efficient use of paramedic time?"
About: East Surrey Hospital / Accident and emergency East Surrey Hospital Accident and emergency RH1 5RH South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Lewes BN7 2XW
Posted by smiggit (as ),
I arrived at A&E on a recent afternoon, accompanying my Father-in-law, who was brought by emergency ambulance from Crawley.
I was amazed to see a further SEVEN ambulances parked outside and FOURTEEN paramedics inside reception with the patients they had delivered. On questioning the paramedics, each crew were there for an average time of 90 minutes, I was informed that their responsibility toward their patient ended when they saw the Doctor.
The patients were kept on the Ambulance stretcher all this time which effectively rendered the Ambulance and crew useless for its primary task. This resulted in the active emergency response vehicles for the Redhill area being reduced in total by EIGHT.
This surely is a massive waste of resources/money. Even the paramedics were frustrated with this situation, which apparently occurs regularly at this hospital.
Surely there is a solution, providing hospital stretchers and a receptionist/nurse to process patients and relieve the paramedics and equipment for their primary task?