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Hull Royal Infirmary ward closed following Norovirus outbreak

A ward at the Hull Royal Infirmary has been closed following an outbreak of the vomiting bug, Norovirus.

At present, Ward 12 is closed to new admissions due to an outbreak. People who have diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms are now being asked to stay away from hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours to limit the spread of the bug to others.

People can also help to limit the spread of Norovirus through thorough handwashing.

Shoppers asked for ambulance experiences

The union UNITE will be asking people about their experiences of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service today. They will be in Harrogate, Bradford and Sheffield where they plan to decorate Christmas trees with messages of support for their campaign to defend patient safety.

Asking for ambulance experiences Credit: PA

Unite says its already gathered 1,500 messages of support for its campaign. It is calling on MPs to to investigate claims that patients lives are being put at risk due to plans plans to cut services and use unqualified staff on emergency call-outs.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said:

“Patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do and our absolute focus is to ensure that we continue to deliver a safe, responsive and high quality service to our patients. We refute the misleading claims Unite the Union have made around patient safety, the role of Emergency Care Assistants, and the Trust’s longer-term plans."


Trust apologises for A&E delays

An NHS boss in Hull has said they are working quickly to resolve problems which has seen some non-urgent surgeries being cancelled.

Hull Royal Infirmary has been seeing a high number of seriously ill patients in the Emergency Department which has put significant pressure on the number of beds we have for these medical patients. This in turn is making it difficult for us to move patients out of the Emergency Department and on to our wards.

This week we are taking a firm approach to dealing with the situation which aims to free up more beds and speed up discharge of patients who no longer need to be in hospital. Specifically we will be cancelling some non-urgent planned surgical procedures which not only gives us additional beds, it also frees up some of our doctors to assist with the additional patients who are coming in as emergencies. We anticipate that this will be a short-term measure that will last for the duration of this week, after which we will review the situation again and assess whether we can return to normal levels of surgical activity.

Due the pressures we are experiencing and the limited capacity within the hospital, some patients have had to wait longer within the Emergency Department than would be expected. We acknowledge this is not ideal and would like to apologise to patients for this. We are working as hard and as quickly as we possibly can to ensure all patients continue to be cared for safely and at a level which is appropriate to their individual circumstances.

– Jacqueline Myers, Chief Operating Officer for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS

Hospital forced to cancel operations

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have apologised after admitting that operations were cancelled at Hull Royal Infirmary last week due to an influx of patients to A&E, which put a strain on resources.

Yorkshire Ambulance service has 'busiest day ever'

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have warned people to take precautions as the icy grip of winter takes it toll.

The number of emergency calls made over the past 24 hours was the highest in the trust's history.

The calls are categorised, with 'red' being the most serious. The service say they have never before had as many of that type of call.

Over all, on an average Friday during the festive period, the trust get around 1,700 999 calls, but yesterday it saw a 35% increase due mainly to the cold weather.

West Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director Paul Mudd has urged the public to only call 999 when it is necessary.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service under strain after calls break all records

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have warned people to take precautions as the icy grip of winter takes it toll.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service was under huge strain last night

The number of emergency calls made over the past 24 hours was the highest in the trust's history.

The calls are categorised - with 'red' being the most serious. The service say they have never before had as many of that type of call.

On average, a normal Friday at this time of year sees around 1,700 999 calls, yesterday, the service took 2,300 calls, an increase of around 35%.

A spokesman said as well as road traffic accidents, the majority of the calls were caused by the cold weather, with many people having breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests.

Fire protest in Haworth

There will be a march from the Haworth Fire Station at 1pm today, as campaigners aim to prevent its closure.

It was originally due to close two years ago but is now due to shut on New Year's Eve.

"We continue to work with representatives from Haworth Parish Council and other potential partners to identify if it's feasible for the fire station to be used as a community facility."

– Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley

Only call an 999 if it's life-threatening

Yorkshire Ambulance Service are urging members of the public to only call 999 if it's a life-threatening situation.

"The service has received hundreds of 999 calls this week for seasonal-related illnesses and incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with breathing difficulties as a result of cold and viruses.

"As we approach a busy weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations and office parties we expect there to be a significant influx of calls to alcohol-related incidents.

"These calls are in addition to other medical emergencies such as injuries from road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.

"Whilst many people do use our emergency service appropriately, some callers could be helped by other more appropriate healthcare services."

"We would ask people who are out and about to be conscious of how much they are drinking, eat beforehand and make sure they plan ahead for transport home.

"We would like to thank members of the public for their support during this challenging period and recognise the efforts of our staff who are working extremely hard to provide services for our patients.

– Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations at the Trust
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