Hospital wards shutting due to nursing shortages – the NHS this week

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By Richard Grimes

Staff shortages

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has said that due to staff shortages a geriatric ward at the rehabilitation hospital is to close, resulting in the loss of 24 beds.

A recruitment day organised in Midhurst by the NHS has gone some way to finding nurses after a staff shortage led to the closure of the Bailey Unit at Midhurst Community Hospital.

Dorset Healthcare has said that the current shortage of nurses at the Bridport Community Hospital means that only 24 of the 38 beds are currently open.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust say that maternity services will be “unsustainable” at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston due to staff shortages and difficulty in attracting doctors to the area.

Bradford Royal Infirmary will close Ward 2, an elective and acute surgery ward for children, over weekends due to a shortage of nurses. The trust says it has a shortfall of 22 qualified nurses across its three paediatric wards.

Cuts

Sexual health, care and drug services provided by Staffordshire County Council are all expected to be hit by cuts, in an attempt to make up a £15 million funding shortfall in the county’s plan for the Better Care Fund.

Campaigns

Save North Devon’s Hospital Services said they “will not be treated as fools” at a meeting called to fight to protect healthcare services from cuts.

Concerned health service users from across Derbyshire crammed into Belper’s Strutts Centre on Friday to voice their support for the town’s “under threat” Babington Hospital.

There are concerns about the future of maternity services at Darlington Memorial Hospital after it was announced that women expecting twins in the Darlington area will be delivered at Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital instead of at Darlington “on a temporary basis”.

Oxford University Hospitals Trust managers refuse to rule out a proposal which could mean loss of maternity, special care baby unit, children’s ward, most trauma/orthopaedic work, medical services and A&E at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

About 400 people took to the streets of Maryport declaring “Save our beds” against the threat of controversial changes at the town’s community hospital.

Performance

Cornwall‘s clinical commissioning group is urging patients to avoid going to A&E because of “sustained demand on the emergency department – with attendances up by 45 per cent on some days”.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, which runs the Queen’s Medical Centre, said its emergency department is under extreme pressure due to a lack of beds and is urging patients to avoid attending A&E.

Southend Hospital has warned its beds crisis has reached a critical level and issued an “internal critical incident” alert – the highest level of alerts – after the number of patients visiting A&E rose sharply.

Privatisation

One of Chelmsford’s largest GP surgeries will be taken over by the private provider, Virgin Care Services.

The ambulance service covering West Berkshire has spent £13.6m paying private and voluntary organisations to attend emergency calls.

Closures

Gray’s Medical Practice in Surrey will close in September after Manchester-based GP private provider IMH terminated the contract.

Enfield could soon be left without an A&E department. The General Medical Council says that junior staff are being left in charge of the emergency department at North Middlesex Hospital, “a probable risk to patients”.

The Sheena Amos Youth Trust says that young people have been “let down” following the closure of a sexual health clinic in Sheffield.

 

Finances

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is set to run out of cash to cover its costs by September. The trust is preparing for a deficit of £9.1 million this year, after ending the last financial year with a deficit of £5.5 million.

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