BGH A&E department under pressure

Borders General Hospital was under pressure during the festive period
Borders General Hospital was under pressure during the festive period

Borders General Hospital’s emergency department came under pressure over the festive period and on two occasions patients needing hospital admission had to wait 15 hours for a bed.

Borders MSP Christine Grahame (SNP) “welcomed” Scottish Government figures that showed the local A&E department performed above the national average over the festive period.

However, there were times when BGH staff were under pressure.

NHS Borders said this week: “In common with all health boards across Scotland the emergency department at the Borders General Hospital has been under tremendous pressure over the festive period, and continues to be very busy.”

Over the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, over 1,000 people attended the hospital’s emergency department.

The hospital missed its target of treating 95% of patients within four hours of arrival, and over 100 patients who attended the A&E department were not seen within the target time.

An NHS Borders spokesperson said: “NHS Borders emergency department has faced its busiest festive period since 2010 with more than 1000 patients receiving treatment at the BGH over the two festive period weeks.

“This increase in demand is in common with all health boards across Scotland.

“Our aim is to see patients within four hours of arriving at the emergency department. Over the two festive period weeks we achieved this 89% of the time.

“In the early hours of Monday, December 22, there were unfortunately two occasions when patients who required hospital admission had to wait 15 hours before a bed became available on their receiving ward.

“During this period the patients were made as comfortable as possible.

“In order to help us ensure that we can provide the best care for patients requiring emergency treatment, we are asking people who feel that they need medical advice or treatment to carefully consider which service is best for their illness or injury, as going to the emergency department may not be the right course of action.”

“Our staff continue to work exceptionally hard to care for our patients and we thank them for their tremendous dedication.”