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Amy Welch reports on Chorley Hospital A&E closure

The A and E Department at Chorley Hospital is closing due to a shortage of staff.

It will close on Monday due to a lack of doctors and will operate as an Urgent Care Centre until the issue is resolved. Accident and Emergency Services will be provided in other nearby hospitals.The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust says that it will try to reinstate A and E as soon as possible.


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NWAS statement on Chorley Hospital A&E closure

NWAS are hoping to 'mitigate' the closure of Chorley's A&E department Credit: NWAS

North West Ambulance Service has said it is working with hospital services by adding additional ambulances to 'mitigate' the closure of Chorley Hospital's A&E department.

Peter Mulcahy, Head of Service at North West Ambulance Service said:

We are working with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning group to mitigate the impact of this measure which will see ambulances travelling to other hospitals such as Preston, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton instead of Chorley.

To support this, we are planning, in conjunction with our partners, to have additional ambulances available to support changes in how we deliver both our emergency service and inter hospital transfer service.

In essence, many of our patients do not need emergency care and could get more appropriate treatment elsewhere, so in the first instance consider alternatives to 999 such as pharmacies, GPs, walk-in centres, self-care or NHS 111.

Patients who call 999 and receive a response from the ambulance service will be assessed by our highly skilled clinicians who will agree upon the best plan for their care; this will include the decision on which treatment centre is best for their needs.

We currently take many of our patients to urgent care centres (UCCs) across the North West. Chorley will provide this service during designated hours and as such we will still take some patients to Chorley.”

– Peter Mulcahy

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Liverpool Anglican Cathedral hosts classic dance music event Credit: ITV

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Hospital A & E to close due to "staff shortages"

Chorley and South Ribble General Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

The A and E Department at Chorley Hospital is closing due to a shortage of staff. The closure happens from Monday 18th April. The department will operate as an urgent care centre until the issue is resolved. Accident and Emergency services will be provided in Preston.

....We have not been able to secure the number of staff we need to continue to safely staff the rotas ... and there are no other safe options for delivering care - so the emergency department at Chorley will be temporarily replaced by an urgent care service until the staffing crisis is resolved.

The urgent care service will be provided at the urgent care centre, at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital. The service will be provided by a combination of emergency department consultants, nurse practitioners, GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants.

The vast majority of people who currently attend the emergency department at Chorley have conditions that can be treated safely and appropriately by an urgent care service.

– Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

MP wants change after death of man who waited nearly two hours for ambulance

Ronald Volante died after waiting 100 minutes for an ambulance to arrive Credit: Family photograph

Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston Justin Madders has spoken about the case of a man from Merseyside who died after waiting almost two hours for an ambulance.

Justin Madders MP said he wants a national set of standards which require companies who are offering 'telecare' services to convey any relevant medical information to the emergency services.

The family of Ronald Volante want changes to the way emergency calls are handled.

The dying dad wrote a heartbreaking note telling his daughters he loved them as he waited.

He'd suffered heart failure in sheltered accommodation.

North West Ambulance Service say they weren't given vital information when the 999 call was made.

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