29th May, 2017

Hot weather plays part in A&E patient rise

Leamington Editorial 29th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE HEAT was turned up at Warwick Hospital’s A&E as temperatures soared.

The emergency unit at the Lakin Road hospital saw more than 260 patients on Wednesday July 20 – nearly 100 more than on a ‘normal’ busy day.

The trust say they cannot officially confirm the rise in demand was due to the exceptionally hot weather – which saw the mercury top 30 degrees – but believe it could have played a part.

Compared to this time last year the hospital has seen a ten per cent surge in the number of patients coming through its doors.

A spokesman from the hospital told the Observer: “Some days have been particularly challenging and based on current trajectory we are on target to see more patients this week than last.

“Despite this increased pressure we have been identified as the sixth best performing A&E department in the country. This is testament to the hard work of our staff, not just in A&E but across the whole trust including our community services.

“All of our employees play an important part in facilitating our whole system approach which helps patients to flow through the healthcare system to receive the most appropriate care.”