LETTER: A&E issues

I CAME across the article, Number of visits to A&E escalates (Mail, February 27).

I love the comment from the North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust bosses that says: “the reason behind the increase is simply down to the volume of people becoming poorly”.

Apparently there has been a 6.2 per cent increase, which is the second highest in the region, according to the Health & Social Care Information Centre.

What do they expect?

It is the winter time when many people seem to get infections, sometimes serious difficulties in breathing which require further attention, plus possibly falls on ice which can cause breaks, again all needing attention from the A&E department.

There’s an old saying, you can’t put a quart into a pint pot, which, I believe, covers this perfectly. We have no A&E at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Therefore if anyone requires specialist attention then the only course is to take them to the University Hospital of North Tees, which is bursting with admissions.

Even our One Life has to send people to North Tees.

The number of people originally covered by our hospital now have no option but to be taken to North Tees.

No wonder it is “snowed under”. We don’t require a specialist hospital (you keep telling us that North Tees has all these specialists).

However, we do require an A&E department, where you can see a doctor who can give practical advice as to whether you need hospital treatment, be given a prescription for something special from a pharmacist, or say it can be treated by taking ordinary every day medicines.

This helps stop people worrying unnecessarily, especially as this often happens at inconvenient hours such as 10pm or even later.

Instead, we have the difficulty of even getting to North Tees due to distance, and, once there, joining the extremely busy A&E.

Not very satisfactory for our population as far as I am concerned.

S Dobbie,

Hartlepool.