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Accident & Emergency

The Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) exists to provide care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to those suffering illness or injury requiring urgent attention. The department provides reception, resuscitation, a limited range of urgent investigations and urgent management for all in need, irrespective of age.

The clinical team in the department seeks to provide patients with the best clinical care as quickly as possible, as well as to allay the distress and anxiety that is often associated with accidents and emergencies.

Over recent years, increasing numbers of patients have presented to the A&E department. It has been estimated that the attendance rate at SBH A&E department is approximately three times what would be expected in a UK Emergency Department with a similarly-sized catchment population. This was borne out during the COVID-19 epidemic when patient numbers fell by 75% without harmful effects.

Recent advances locally include the appointment of a consultant to lead on risk management and medical education, acquisition of a blood gas analyser which has greatly improved our capacity for near-patient testing, commissioning of an “infection control” area with negative pressure air flow and the implementation of protocols to allow thrombolysis for acute stroke and emergency transfer for primary angioplasty (undertaken in Palmones) for acute myocardial infarction.

Download the A&E Triage information guide below:

Download the A&E Triage information guide below:

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