THE chief executive of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has admitted his Accident and Emergency departments are still under ‘severe pressure,’ despite the better weather.
Traditionally, A&E departments tend to get busier during the winter period with the load lightening as the weather improves.
But chief executive Mark Newbold, who is in charge of three hospitals including Solihull, said the trust is still at times experiencing record attendances. In his blog, Mr Newbold said: “I always defend our organisation and staff strongly, but internally we are continuing to have frank discussions about improving our 4hr performance.
“I and my deputy are closely involved, and we are supporting wherever possible while our comprehensive urgent care plan is being implemented.
“Our staff are excellent, hard-working and committed, and I know we have a strong plan and that our performance will steadily improve. It is really important that it does because we know the pressure can translate into a poor patient experience, but the time it is taking and the absence of any ‘summer respite’ is making this an uncomfortable time for us all.”