Patient visited A&E in Worcester with a paper cut

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

First published in News

A PATIENT visited A&E in Worcestershire with a paper cut this week.

Only a third of people attending Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Tuesday, February 11 needed to be admitted.

About a third of those who were not admitted had only minor ailments including coughs, colds, sore throats and, in one case, a paper cut.

As a result hospital bosses are again urging people in Worcestershire only to visit A&E if they are seriously ill and to instead contact their GP, a minor injury unit or the NHS 111 telephone line for medical advice.

Chief clinical officer for NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Carl Ellson said: “A&E is there to care for people who really need it.

“Please take a moment to think about how you'd feel if your relative was seriously ill and had to wait longer for treatment.”

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief medical officer Mark Wake said A&E departments in the county were extremely busy.

“In order to keep patients flowing through our hospitals and to keep patients safe we continue to work closely with partners across health and social care to ensure that those patients who no longer need an acute hospital bed are moved to a more appropriate setting such as a community hospital bed.

“Whilst we will always seek to find a suitable community bed nearest to the patients’ home, at times of greatest pressure this is something that cannot be guaranteed.”

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6:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

brooksider says...

Maybe the problem lies with the service offered by GP's.
It doesn't seem very easy to see a doctor quickly at most GP practices.
Until their service improves, people will keep going to A&E.
Maybe the problem lies with the service offered by GP's. It doesn't seem very easy to see a doctor quickly at most GP practices. Until their service improves, people will keep going to A&E. brooksider
  • Score: 0

8:34am Thu 13 Feb 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Why would anyone go to a GP, let alone an A and E department, with a sniffle or a paper cut for heavens sake?
Why would anyone go to a GP, let alone an A and E department, with a sniffle or a paper cut for heavens sake? Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 40

6:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Keith B says...

What happened to patient confidentiality. Should the NHS really be releasing details of what people attend a medical unit with.
What happened to patient confidentiality. Should the NHS really be releasing details of what people attend a medical unit with. Keith B
  • Score: -25

8:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

annadean says...

I personally think when people attend a+e for only minor things ie paper cuts,coughs and colds, sore throats, bruises and silly things that will heel naturally on there own should be given a fine, a+e is for emergencies only. What would you do if a Dr was seeing someone for a silly thing that would heel naturally and your relative was taken very poorly and needed emergency help but there was no one available to give it. I think people need to get a grip and stop and think who needs a+e more...
I personally think when people attend a+e for only minor things ie paper cuts,coughs and colds, sore throats, bruises and silly things that will heel naturally on there own should be given a fine, a+e is for emergencies only. What would you do if a Dr was seeing someone for a silly thing that would heel naturally and your relative was taken very poorly and needed emergency help but there was no one available to give it. I think people need to get a grip and stop and think who needs a+e more... annadean
  • Score: 16

8:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jimages says...

The NHS should provide the public with relevant information just so long as they don't mention names (then there is no breach of confidentiality).
Could it be, Keith B., that the paper cut was you ;-) ...?
The NHS should provide the public with relevant information just so long as they don't mention names (then there is no breach of confidentiality). Could it be, Keith B., that the paper cut was you ;-) ...? jimages
  • Score: 15

8:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

annadean says...

Keith B wrote:
What happened to patient confidentiality. Should the NHS really be releasing details of what people attend a medical unit with.
no one have been named tho so no one is breaking the confidentiality code
[quote][p][bold]Keith B[/bold] wrote: What happened to patient confidentiality. Should the NHS really be releasing details of what people attend a medical unit with.[/p][/quote]no one have been named tho so no one is breaking the confidentiality code annadean
  • Score: 14

8:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

annadean says...

jimages wrote:
The NHS should provide the public with relevant information just so long as they don't mention names (then there is no breach of confidentiality).
Could it be, Keith B., that the paper cut was you ;-) ...?
haha
[quote][p][bold]jimages[/bold] wrote: The NHS should provide the public with relevant information just so long as they don't mention names (then there is no breach of confidentiality). Could it be, Keith B., that the paper cut was you ;-) ...?[/p][/quote]haha annadean
  • Score: 4

1:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

copierman says...

What did the triage nurse do with them, were they passed on for treatment or were they politely turned away with some advice and a plaster?
What did the triage nurse do with them, were they passed on for treatment or were they politely turned away with some advice and a plaster? copierman
  • Score: 7

8:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Geep says...

No surprise that A&E Departments are getting minor injuries, if it takes 10 days to see your local GP with a medium one. The receptionist at Malvern health centre just advised me to self certificate, following an workplace accident that left me incapable of walking.
No surprise that A&E Departments are getting minor injuries, if it takes 10 days to see your local GP with a medium one. The receptionist at Malvern health centre just advised me to self certificate, following an workplace accident that left me incapable of walking. Geep
  • Score: 3

8:26am Sat 15 Feb 14

R.Tiddy says...

If you can't see yr GP try your nearest Walk in Centre!!
If you can't see yr GP try your nearest Walk in Centre!! R.Tiddy
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Sun 16 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

why on earh would anyone want to go near that place unless they had to?
why on earh would anyone want to go near that place unless they had to? liketoknow
  • Score: 3

9:08am Mon 17 Feb 14

reflector says...

It's time to get tough with these idiots who go to A&E for such trivial matters, as indeed it should for those who use the 999 system because their remote control battery has run down or their goldfish needs feeding, etc.

These people cost us all money and tie up scarce resources for those who have real emergencies. Wasting police time is an offence - perhaps this should be widened to cover the NHS and the emergency services generally.
It's time to get tough with these idiots who go to A&E for such trivial matters, as indeed it should for those who use the 999 system because their remote control battery has run down or their goldfish needs feeding, etc. These people cost us all money and tie up scarce resources for those who have real emergencies. Wasting police time is an offence - perhaps this should be widened to cover the NHS and the emergency services generally. reflector
  • Score: 6

11:20am Mon 17 Feb 14

Guy66 says...

A single strike rule - fine once no charge- next time you come in with pathetic little cold or a teeny weeny paper cut - £80 thank you.
A single strike rule - fine once no charge- next time you come in with pathetic little cold or a teeny weeny paper cut - £80 thank you. Guy66
  • Score: 3

9:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

quacks says...

They only tell part of the story person with paper cut might have some blood disorder where the do no stop bleeding, or on blood thinning drugs when they have to go each time they cut themselves. I wish they stop moaning about their patients, they told us not to come with dislocations GP can manage them.
They only tell part of the story person with paper cut might have some blood disorder where the do no stop bleeding, or on blood thinning drugs when they have to go each time they cut themselves. I wish they stop moaning about their patients, they told us not to come with dislocations GP can manage them. quacks
  • Score: 1

10:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

MJI says...

Last time I had a paper cut I glued it shut.
Last time I had a paper cut I glued it shut. MJI
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Flomay says...

maybe they should have chopped his finger off!! lol ... only joking!
maybe they should have chopped his finger off!! lol ... only joking! Flomay
  • Score: -2

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