People in Devon urged to save ED for emergencies - the local NHS is under severe pressure

People in Devon are being urged to only go to their local emergency department in immediately life-threatening cases.

The NHS in Devon is under severe pressure at present due to several factors, meaning GP surgeries, hospitals, community health services, mental health services and social care are all extremely busy.

High numbers of emergency attendances, combined with the...

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When you should call 999 this Christmas

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people only to call 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency this Christmas.

The trust is anticipating a high demand for the 999 service over the festive period, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

It has dealt with around 2,650 calls a day so far...

South West to receive share of £29.7 million to upgrade A&Es ahead of winter

The South West will receive £29.7 million to expand and upgrade A&Es at five Trusts, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.

This is in addition to the £300 million announced recently for 117 Trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the Government has now...

Your NHS is here for you: Getting help in an emergency

NHS hospital teams across Devon are reassuring local people that emergency services are there for them if they are unwell and need help.

Doctors are concerned that some people who should be getting medical help for non-COVID-19 illnesses are staying away from hospital and not seeking help due to fears they might catch the virus.

Attendances have fallen by more than a third...

Think before you dial 999 for an ambulance

Now that the summer season is upon us and the holiday makers are arriving in all corners of the region, South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) is reminding people to Choose Well and only dial 999 in a life threatening emergency.

Over the last weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July) the Trust attended a host of incidents including stabbings, cardiac arrests, a sky diving accident...

A&E crisis hits Derriford

Across England, more than 30,000 patients each week now wait too long to be seen in local A&E departments – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the same period last year. In Derriford Hospital, this figure is at 54%.

For the first time, Labour Party analysis of official NHS England data names the A&E departments where performance deteriorated most significantly in the last...

Devonport Emergency Notification System testing

Plymouth City Council will be testing its Emergency Notification System next week (commencing 17 November).

The system, which was introduced in Plymouth in 2006, is a free text messaging service for residents living near the Devonport Site – ‘The Dockyard’. In the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency at the site, people who have registered for the service would receive a phone message...

Derriford Hospital is top!

Derriford Hospital's Emergency Department has been named as the best in the country for seeing patients within the national target, as the vast majority of patients coming to the department at Derriford Hospital are being seen within four hours or less.

According to data submitted to the Trust Development Authority, 98.6% of patients attending our emergency department have been seen...

Taxis answer 999 calls in South West

A Freedom of Infomation (FOI) request has revealed that the South Western Ambulance Trust (SWASFT) has sent taxis to 158 999 calls in 2013/14.

The evidence was presented to the House of Commons yesterday by Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham who claimed that the news revealed a deepening crisis in UK A&E’s.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said: "People...