New scheme at Peterborough Hospital to cut A&E waiting times
Patients visiting Peterborough City Hospital’s A&E department will need a medical referral - or have to go through a triage service to see ifthere are more suitable options for treatment than the casualty department.
The new rules have been brought in at the hospital in a bid to cut waiting times for patients who need emergency help. A similar trial took place at Hinchingbrooke Hospital recently.
Graham Wilde, Chief Operating Officer for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On 21 September we launched the NHS 111 pilot in our Emergency
Department at Peterborough City Hospital, in collaboration with our system partners, which provides us with a new process that helps to ensure patients get the right care in the right place.
“We successfully launched a similar pilot at our sister site at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and hope that this will assist us to reduce the waiting times for people who have urgent or emergency needs.
“Anybody attending the Emergency Department without a referral from a medical professional, who hasn’t been brought in by an ambulance, or hasn’t called NHS 111 in advance, will be reviewed by a registered health care professional, who will determine if they could be treated by a more appropriate service.”