Pressure continues to mount at hospital as A&E records are broken again

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The chief executive of Milton Keynes Hospital has thanked A&E staff for their hard work after the department’s record number of attendances was broken AGAIN this week.

A total of 262 people visited the A&E on Monday, after the department also dealt with a record number of 70 patients arriving by ambulance over the weekend.

The previous A&E record was 259 – also set on a Monday in July and partly attibuted to the summer heatwave. That figure was matched on Sunday before the record was broken the following day.

The reasons behind the new records are not yet clear, but the rise is said to include an increase in the number of seriously ill patients.

Over the weekend a total of 70 patients were taken to the hospital by ambulance, compared to an average of 56 over a normal weekend.

The news come just days after the Citizen revealed that the hospital’s wait for a new A&E looks likely to be coming to an end thanks to this newspaper’s campaign and support from the city two MPs.

Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart say they are confident Government funding for a new A&E will be forthcoming in the coming months, but for now the hospital’s front line staff are said to be coping with the pressure, which could increase further during winter.

Chief executive Joe Harrison said: “I am personally very grateful to all of our staff who have been working so hard to make sure that our patients have been looked after here at the hospital.

“Despite the huge demand, they’ve really pulled together to ensure that A&E and our hospital overall continues to work effectively and safely.

“I have been immensely proud of their work and their determination to make sure every patient still gets the right care, and as quickly as possible.”

To help hospital staff focus on the patients needing emergency help, city residents are being reminded of the importance of seeking care in the right place. This may include visiting the pharmacy, your GP or the Urgent Care Centre.

And people with serious long-term conditions, over 65s and pregnant women are being encouraged to get a flu jab as they are at an increased risk of complications. People in these groups can get the jab for free through their local GP.

For more information on local options, and guidance of when to use each service, visit: www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/choose-well