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Burton MP Andrew Griffiths praises staff at Queen’s Hospital for winter work


Wednesday 21st January 2015 (Andrew Griffiths)
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths praises staff at Queen’s Hospital for winter work

BURTON’S MP has praised staff at Queen’s Hospital for their efforts in tackling a recent surge in patient numbers.

Andrew Griffiths toured the Belvedere Road site to say a ‘big thank you’ to staff in the wake of a winter that has seen admission numbers skyrocket at the hospital.

 

During his time at the site, the Tory politician also spent time talking with nurses, doctors and senior officials to get their views on changes needed in the future to ensure they do not have to face similar pressures in years to come.

He told the Mail: “I just wanted to go along, shake their hands and say ‘thank you’ for the complete dedication they showed under extremely difficult conditions.

 

“We saw unprecedented demand over Christmas, but the way the medical staff coped with that strain was absolutely fantastic.

“We have an incredibly dedicated team, and on behalf of residents in Burton, I just wanted them to know how grateful we are.”

 

Mr Griffiths revealed his meetings with doctors and nurses had allowed him to understand what ‘lessons could be learned’ and ‘what improvements needed to be put in place’.

He promised to discuss what he learned with health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

 

Earlier this month, Mark Powell, director of operations for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told the Mail the trust was operating under ‘severe pressure’ as they dealt with an ‘unprecedented demand’ for their services.

This came as hospitals up and down the country declared themselves to be facing a major incident in recent weeks, due to the high number of patients.

 

The status meant that extra doctors can be drafted in, and planned operations can be pushed back.

Despite Queen’s facing extra pressures, its accident and emergency unit has not fallen into that category of crisis.

In a bid to ensure that this remained the case, health chiefs in East Staffordshire re-structured the service and added an additional 270 appointments with GPs.

In addition to the extra appointments, GP surgeries will be offering other services to help ease the pressure during the coming weeks.

 

These include more minor injury clinics, extra weekend appointments, better staffed receptions and call answering services.

By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)

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