‘Essential virtual wards are appropriately planned, resourced and staffed’ – SAM president

Commenting on the development of virtual wards and the need for careful implementation (reported today 07 January by the Health Service Journal), Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Urgent and emergency care services remain under huge pressure with concerns regarding overcrowding, delays in patient care and exhausted staff with increasing…

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‘Questions over how proposed ways out of current chaos can be delivered’ says SAM past president

Commenting today (03 January) on staff sickness rates, Covid admissions and increasing pressure across the NHS, Dr Nick Scriven, past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “I think we are beginning to see concerns moving from “Covid admissions swamping the service” to “the service risks being decimated” but through it all we cannot…

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‘NHS functioning on life support only’ says SAM president

Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, provides an update on current NHS pressures and the impact on acute care (28 December): “As hopefully many enjoy a festive period, each component of the NHS and social care is under increasing strain with limited capacity to absorb any further surges in a hugely pressured winter.  “The system…

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NHS pressures ‘far worse than this time last year’ says SAM president

Following the release today (09 December) of the latest NHS performance data which shows last month was one of the busiest on record, with waiting times for hospital treatment and admission from emergency departments hitting record highs across England, Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The current feeling in Acute…

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‘Ambulance in a room proposal moving not tackling problems’ says SAM past president

Commenting on the announcement of a pilot of ambulance “arrival lounges” at emergency departments, Dr Susan Crossland, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Following the announcement this week effectively forbidding ambulance handover delays by hospitals comes the launch of airport-style ‘arrival lounges’ in A&Es, with neither offering realistic solutions to the current…

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‘Areas of the NHS currently experiencing conditions outside of anyone’s experience’ – SAM past president

Commenting on current pressures on the NHS (25 October), Dr Nick Scriven, past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Areas of the NHS are currently experiencing conditions outside of anyone’s experience and this comes hot on the heels of two years of unrelenting pressure.  “The reality will no doubt be more dire than…

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‘Performance data shows dire state of affairs’ – SAM president

Following the release today (09 September 2021) of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Despite the distractions of funding announcements this week, this data shows the dire state of affairs we are in well before we embark on the challenges of winter.  “These targets were…

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