2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Local hospitals are prepared for winter

Preston Emergency Department

5:46am 17th December 2018

Hospital bosses across Lancashire say they're ready for the extra demand this winter and started making plans to deal with extra patients months ago.

A new winter ward with 23 extra beds has opened at Chorley Hospital, while the Royal Preston has more cubicles and a mobile x-ray in their A&E department.

Bosses have also increased the number of senior doctors available to provide cover seven days a week at both hospitals.

The Royal Blackburn opened an emergency care unit in September where they can look after patients for around 12 hours while they have blood tests or x-rays and scans.

And Ward 19 at Burnley General has been refurbished so that people who have started major treatment can recover.

Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"The new dedicated 'winter ward' at Chorley is already open and fully operational to provide the extra bed capacity which we know we will need over the coming weeks.

"The building work we've undertaken within the emergency department at Preston to improve the facilities and increase the available space will also make a huge difference to reducing ambulance handover delays and improve our performance against the four-hour target too.

"Our new discharge process and dedicated discharge facilitators will also help to make sure that patients who are medically well enough to leave hospital do so as soon as possible. This will help to free up beds for the expected increase in the number of people needing to be admitted."

Professor Damian Riley, the Medical Director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said their preparations start very early on:

"Our preparations start much earlier in the year when we begin to estimate the number of extra beds that we're going to need in the hospital and the number of extra people who might be attending.

"What we really see through winter time is a change in the type of people and the type of illness coming to the emergency department.

"Rather than it be sport injuries and ankle sprains, much more we see the major fractures where people might have fallen on the ice and we see chest infections and severe infections."

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
blackpool victoria hospital - google maps picture

Two more hospital workers arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients

After a woman was arrested last month for the same thing

blackpool victoria hospital - google maps picture

Hospital worker arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients

She's been suspended from working Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Most read
Police man in uniform

Murder investigation launched in Burnley

A woman's body was found last night

Leanne Unsworth

Family pay tribute to Burnley murder victim

Leanne Unsworth's body was found on Monday

Suggested Articles

Port of Dover 'prepared' for Brexit but appeals for government help

National News: The Port of Dover says it is "prepared" for Brexit but still needs the government's help to keep the UK's most important port running smoothly.

Two more hospital workers arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients

Local News: After a woman was arrested last month for the same thing

Hospital worker arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients

Local News: She's been suspended from working Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Burnley prepare for Leicester match

Local News: It's set to be a tough one for the team

Top Articles

Elderly woman attacked in Accrington home

Local News: Two men forced their way in earlier

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Canelo vs Jacobs: Daniel Jacobs and Saul Alvarez set for middleweight unification bout

Sport: Daniel Jacobs will take on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in a middleweight unification bout on May 4 after signing a three-fight deal with Matchroom USA.

Snoop Dogg invests in £2bn Swedish fintech company

Showbiz: US rapper Snoop Dogg has bought a stake in financial technology company Klarna Bank.

Boris Johnson to make major speech, in what will be seen as act of disloyalty

National News: Boris Johnson claims now is the time to "use Brexit to unite the country", in a major speech which will be seen as the latest move in his Tory leadership campaign.

Jaws-dropping! World's 'biggest great white shark' snapped off Hawaii

World News: A huge great white shark, thought to be the biggest of its kind in the world, has been filmed by divers off Hawaii.

Philips to shut UK baby bottle factory post-Brexit with hundreds of jobs at risk

Business News: Philips has announced plans to shut a UK factory with the potential loss of 430 jobs, months after expressing worries about a possible hit from Brexit.

Jaws-dropping! World's 'biggest great white shark' snapped off Hawaii

Strange News: A huge great white shark, thought to be the biggest of its kind in the world, has been filmed by divers off Hawaii.

MORTGAGES: What to expect in 2018

Local News: How you can pay your mortgage off early

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

Well he didn't really write this one...

On This Day: But Barry Manilow definitely sang it well

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Losing sleep to care for a family member

Local News: Challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers

Most Read

Murder investigation launched in Burnley

Local News: A woman's body was found last night

Family pay tribute to Burnley murder victim

Local News: Leanne Unsworth's body was found on Monday

@2BR