11:30am Friday 27th September 2013
GWENT’S newest hospital is consistently dealing with more than 98 per cent of its minor injuries patients inside four hours.
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, at Ystrad Mynach, is helping to ease the burden on the area’s accident and emergency (A&E) departments by offering an alternative destination for people in Caerphilly county borough who present with a minor injury.
Limb injuries such as sprains and fractures, wounds and minor burns, eye problems, minor head and face injuries (for children more than one year old), minor ear, nose and throat problems, and minor neck and back injuries, can be dealt with through the hospital’s unit, which can also redirect patients to the hospital’s medical assessment unit if further observations and tests are needed.
Both units are part of the hospital’s 24/7 Local Emergency Centre, which also includes an out-of-hours GP service base.
In the five months to August, 12,548 minor injuries patients were seen at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, an average of 82 a day.
Of these, all but 149 were dealt with inside four hours, the target time for patients attending A&E and minor injuries units. Of the remainder, all but a handful were seen within eight hours, but 16 (over the five months) waited more than 12 hours.
At the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall Hospital A&Es during July and August, almost 92 per cent of patients were dealt with under four hours.
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