Bed occupancy well above 90% “dangerous” – SAM past president

Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, comments on current NHS pressures, the challenges being faced by staff and actions required to tackle some of the underlying issues across the system. He said: “Across our hospitals staff are facing pressures much like those seen in mid-winter, with bed occupancy levels…

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Performance figures “extremely worrying” with some units operating at 100% capacity – SAM president

Following the release today of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:  “These figures are extremely worrying. Compared to April last year it shows a 104% rise in A&E attendances and a 56% rise in admissions – and 12-hour delays have more than doubled. “Although it is hard to comprehensively…

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SAM backs RCEM ‘winter-proofing’ campaign as concerns grow over demand

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has today launched a new campaign, Summer to Recover: Winter-Proofing Urgent and Emergency Care for 2021, which outlines a series of actions, recommendations and guidance to help ‘winter-proof’ the urgent and emergency care system. Commenting on the campaign, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine,…

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Senior medics say “red flags” showing as non-Covid attendances rise

04 April 2021 Senior medics have said “red flags” are showing in hospitals as non-Covid emergency attendances rise amid pressures to resume non-urgent services – all while capacity remains tight with Covid infection control measures in place. The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said some emergency departments had experienced their busiest days in two years during…

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