The Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) provides access to emergency nursing and medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department provides clinical services to treat the range of problems with which patients present as an emergency or urgently, from life threatening conditions to minor injury and illness, in all 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.
For the past 11 years and especially since the new hospital opened in 2005, increasing numbers of patients have presented to the A&E department; 34,824 attendances in 2011 compared to 24,857 in 2001, with 64% of all hospital admissions coming through the A&E department.
The service provided can be highly complex and demanding, and for this very reason, a multi-professional group was set up to address issues in this specialist field. The group is composed of both medical and nursing staff with other professionals and specialists being co-opted depending on the specific topic being addressed. The aim of the group is to provide guidance and ensure that standards of care are continuously improved and provide a service that is based on best practice.
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