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Royal London pulls out 'all the stops' in struggle to tackle hospital A&E queues

PUBLISHED: 20:23 19 February 2017

Accident and Emergency entrance at Whitechapel

Accident and Emergency entrance at Whitechapel

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Hospital A&E departments are struggling to keep medical services going, according to latest NHS figures.

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But the Royal London in Whitechapel appears to buck the national trend and has not had to shut off any beds in the last five weeks—despite a sharp rise in patients being treated.

This is in the face of some hospital NHS trusts in London like Kingston which had to close as may as 66 beds one day during the five weeks to February 5.

The Royal London treated 11,777 emergency patients in December—the latest statistics available—a rise of 11 per cent compared to the same month the year before.

“Our staff are pulling out all the stops to keep patients safe,” a spokesman for the Barts NHS Trust which runs the Royal London told the East London Advertiser. “We are implementing new ways to assess and treat people more efficiently.”

These include using ambulance care as “pathways” and GP emergency assessment referrals to “help patients to see senior clinicians more quickly”.

The Royal London has state-of-the-art facilities in its tower blocks opened in 2013 with their new wards, operating theatres and A&E facilities.

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