Major internal incident as Southend Hospital sees "unprecedented" number of patients

Echo: Major internal incident as hospital sees "unprecedented" number of patients Major internal incident as hospital sees "unprecedented" number of patients

A MAJOR internal incident has been declared at Southend Hospital after an overwhelming number of people arrived at A&E.

The Prittlewell Chase facility has seen an “unprecedented” number of extra patients turned up at this week and had to cancel all non-urgent elective operations today.

Medical professionals are appealing for people who don't need to visit casualty to use a more appropriate service, like the 111 helpline or the St Luke's Health Centre.

For the full story see Monday’s Echo.

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4:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

'Breaking news' - It was yesterday ?
'Breaking news' - It was yesterday ? supermadmax
  • Score: 10

4:38pm Fri 4 Apr 14

sosad 1 says...

yes echo if you talk to people and the hospital there is a very serious viral infection going around and most of the people who went to a&e were sent there by their g p
yes echo if you talk to people and the hospital there is a very serious viral infection going around and most of the people who went to a&e were sent there by their g p sosad 1
  • Score: 17

4:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mikkel1 says...

We do NOT make appointments to become ill.
We do NOT make appointments to become ill. Mikkel1
  • Score: 17

5:16pm Fri 4 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

these idiots that turn up at A&E because they're ill should be made to wait several hours then charged for wasting the time of emergency profresssionals...
these idiots that turn up at A&E because they're ill should be made to wait several hours then charged for wasting the time of emergency profresssionals... pembury53
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Its ok, the hospital has one of the best NHS boss's in the country, should be a cake walk for her to sort this out.
Its ok, the hospital has one of the best NHS boss's in the country, should be a cake walk for her to sort this out. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 18

5:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Global warming has led to the highest pollution levels ever seen, in turn this has led to the infestation of this tropical based viral infection....
Global warming has led to the highest pollution levels ever seen, in turn this has led to the infestation of this tropical based viral infection.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -14

7:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

rosered says...

The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!! rosered
  • Score: 32

7:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
Malaria...???
[quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]Malaria...??? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -17

8:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Idontknowy says...

rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
You are right to an extent - but for some people e.g. children, elderly, those with heart or breathing problems and those with lowered immune systems possibly through chemotheraphy etc. the effects of a virus can be a medical emergency.
[quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]You are right to an extent - but for some people e.g. children, elderly, those with heart or breathing problems and those with lowered immune systems possibly through chemotheraphy etc. the effects of a virus can be a medical emergency. Idontknowy
  • Score: 23

9:59pm Fri 4 Apr 14

wakering gal says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
Malaria...???
GP!!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]Malaria...???[/p][/quote]GP!! wakering gal
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Fri 4 Apr 14

_Lotus_ says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
Malaria...???
Meningitis too, Meningitis is a virus.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]Malaria...???[/p][/quote]Meningitis too, Meningitis is a virus. _Lotus_
  • Score: 5

10:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

gary 51 says...

probably the usual time wasters who go there for a cut finger, common cold, give the hospital back to the town and not poxy malingerers and outsiders dropping in for a visit
probably the usual time wasters who go there for a cut finger, common cold, give the hospital back to the town and not poxy malingerers and outsiders dropping in for a visit gary 51
  • Score: -2

10:52pm Fri 4 Apr 14

gary 51 says...

Probably Londoners coming down with a Cockney swagger wanting their nails done, tossers
Probably Londoners coming down with a Cockney swagger wanting their nails done, tossers gary 51
  • Score: -8

12:31am Sat 5 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Its ok, the hospital has one of the best NHS boss's in the country, should be a cake walk for her to sort this out.
LOL
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Its ok, the hospital has one of the best NHS boss's in the country, should be a cake walk for her to sort this out.[/p][/quote]LOL Nebs
  • Score: 5

7:44am Sat 5 Apr 14

Royr says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
Malaria...???
Meningitis too, Meningitis is a virus.
GP!
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]Malaria...???[/p][/quote]Meningitis too, Meningitis is a virus.[/p][/quote]GP! Royr
  • Score: -9

9:27am Sat 5 Apr 14

sosad 1 says...

rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication!
[quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication! sosad 1
  • Score: 9

11:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

railfan235 says...

gary 51 wrote:
Probably Londoners coming down with a Cockney swagger wanting their nails done, tossers
listen up you tosser about 99% of the people that live have ancestors from london this is why its called a home county to london because people moved from london and settled out here so that makes you 99% cockney
[quote][p][bold]gary 51[/bold] wrote: Probably Londoners coming down with a Cockney swagger wanting their nails done, tossers[/p][/quote]listen up you tosser about 99% of the people that live have ancestors from london this is why its called a home county to london because people moved from london and settled out here so that makes you 99% cockney railfan235
  • Score: -4

11:32am Sat 5 Apr 14

rosered says...

sosad 1 wrote:
rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication!
At what point did I say that patients sent by their GP had no place there?

My remarks are aimed at those people who use it inappropriately, of course if you are sent by your GP you should be there.

Sadly this is not the case for everyone, people will turn up with minor ailments or minor injuries which could be treated at the drop in centre, GP, practice nurse, pharmacy or even self medication!

I am not a doctor, I am however a nurse.
I do not work in A&E, I do understand however the limitations of the service they are able to provide due to people using the unit inappropriately as anyone with common sense would.
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication![/p][/quote]At what point did I say that patients sent by their GP had no place there? My remarks are aimed at those people who use it inappropriately, of course if you are sent by your GP you should be there. Sadly this is not the case for everyone, people will turn up with minor ailments or minor injuries which could be treated at the drop in centre, GP, practice nurse, pharmacy or even self medication! I am not a doctor, I am however a nurse. I do not work in A&E, I do understand however the limitations of the service they are able to provide due to people using the unit inappropriately as anyone with common sense would. rosered
  • Score: 10

5:43pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Bubbsie says...

Sadly Hospitals cut ground floor staff to a minimum combining jobs trying to save money. The Modern Matron role was recreated by Public demand, Was this a necessity, Its ground floor staff that is needed, More Houses being Build. Higher population, sadly A&E does not grow with Public Demand.
Sadly Hospitals cut ground floor staff to a minimum combining jobs trying to save money. The Modern Matron role was recreated by Public demand, Was this a necessity, Its ground floor staff that is needed, More Houses being Build. Higher population, sadly A&E does not grow with Public Demand. Bubbsie
  • Score: 5

6:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Idontknowy says...

rosered wrote:
sosad 1 wrote:
rosered wrote:
The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E?
Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place.
People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff.
Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!!
so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication!
At what point did I say that patients sent by their GP had no place there?

My remarks are aimed at those people who use it inappropriately, of course if you are sent by your GP you should be there.

Sadly this is not the case for everyone, people will turn up with minor ailments or minor injuries which could be treated at the drop in centre, GP, practice nurse, pharmacy or even self medication!

I am not a doctor, I am however a nurse.
I do not work in A&E, I do understand however the limitations of the service they are able to provide due to people using the unit inappropriately as anyone with common sense would.
As I said before:-

You are right to an extent - but for some people e.g. children, elderly, those with heart or breathing problems and those with lowered immune systems possibly through chemotheraphy etc. the effects of a virus can be a medical emergency.
[quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosered[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name... ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. Which part of suffering from a virus requires treatment from the A&E? Viruses are best treated by paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest, there is no real need to see a medical practitioner unless symptoms don't improve after a few days and even then A&E is not the place. People should remember that A&E has a limited amount of space and staff. Only ever use A&E for its true purpose NOT for an out of hours GP service!!!!!![/p][/quote]so you are a doctor, my friend was sent there by a gp and within 20 minutes of going into a&e she was found to have chronic pnueumonia caused by the viral infection so would she have been better going home taken over the counter medication![/p][/quote]At what point did I say that patients sent by their GP had no place there? My remarks are aimed at those people who use it inappropriately, of course if you are sent by your GP you should be there. Sadly this is not the case for everyone, people will turn up with minor ailments or minor injuries which could be treated at the drop in centre, GP, practice nurse, pharmacy or even self medication! I am not a doctor, I am however a nurse. I do not work in A&E, I do understand however the limitations of the service they are able to provide due to people using the unit inappropriately as anyone with common sense would.[/p][/quote]As I said before:- You are right to an extent - but for some people e.g. children, elderly, those with heart or breathing problems and those with lowered immune systems possibly through chemotheraphy etc. the effects of a virus can be a medical emergency. Idontknowy
  • Score: 6

6:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

abd123 says...

In A&E you get to see a young newly qualified doctor. At your GP you get to see a more experienced doctor. If it is a diagnosis you want you are better off at a GP.
In A&E you get to see a young newly qualified doctor. At your GP you get to see a more experienced doctor. If it is a diagnosis you want you are better off at a GP. abd123
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Sun 6 Apr 14

runwellian says...

people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell!
people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell! runwellian
  • Score: 1

8:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Walt Jabsco says...

runwellian wrote:
people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell!
Perfect candidate for walk in centre then? Or even advice from 111?
The whole of the NHS is teetering on the brink due to overpopulation and under-investment, people using A&E inappropriately have to accept some responsibility for not helping this situation.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell![/p][/quote]Perfect candidate for walk in centre then? Or even advice from 111? The whole of the NHS is teetering on the brink due to overpopulation and under-investment, people using A&E inappropriately have to accept some responsibility for not helping this situation. Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

wakering gal says...

runwellian wrote:
people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell!
That's rubbish, the weekends are the best time as there is an out of hours service that you can walk in and see a doctor or get an appointment given to you! There is also a walk in clinic at st Lukes! It's about educating people if the options. You can't just expect to use A&E just because you don't get into your Gp, that's exactly why the people who genuinely need the service are getting poor care and slow waiting times!!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: people go to A&E because they cannot get a GP appointment ... and on a weekend, not a hope in hell![/p][/quote]That's rubbish, the weekends are the best time as there is an out of hours service that you can walk in and see a doctor or get an appointment given to you! There is also a walk in clinic at st Lukes! It's about educating people if the options. You can't just expect to use A&E just because you don't get into your Gp, that's exactly why the people who genuinely need the service are getting poor care and slow waiting times!! wakering gal
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Tone-Fu says...

NHS under immense pressure under a Tory government? Colour me surprised.

They're succeeding, aren't they? Running the greatest institution this land has ever known into the ground, in order to line their own pockets or the pockets of their cȳth and kin.
NHS under immense pressure under a Tory government? Colour me surprised. They're succeeding, aren't they? Running the greatest institution this land has ever known into the ground, in order to line their own pockets or the pockets of their cȳth and kin. Tone-Fu
  • Score: -4

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