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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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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Data shows “enormous challenges” facing NHS – SAM president

11 March 2021 Following the release today of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This data shows again the enormous challenges we face now and into the future to recover services while also managing constant demand. “This week has been manic and flow through acute…

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