A&E overcrowding 'pressures'

The pressures on A&E departments show "no sign of abating", Labour has warned after figures revealed that there has been a "major increase" in the number of ambulances turned away from busy emergency departments.

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Medical council raises 'serious concerns' over hospital

The General Medical Council has said it had generally found "good" levels of tuition over a three-month period across the capital's five medical schools and 10 university hospitals, after a report revealed that Charing Cross hospital had used operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards.

The GMC praised the following hospitals:

  • Croydon University Hospital as “outstanding”
  • St George’s University of London “much to be positive”
  • Royal Free in Hampstead “highly committed to education”

The GMC raised concerns about:

  • Northwick Park hospital in Harrow had “significant patient safety concerns”.


NHS Trust: Overcrowding shows 'working to full capacity'

The use of operating theatres to ventilate patients at Charing Cross hospital is a "symptom of a healthcare system working close to full capacity", a new report has shown.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Charing Cross, said patients would occasionally be kept in operating theatres as this was considered better than transferring them to an intensive care unit at another hospital. A spokesman:

This would be a temporary measure that enabled us to provide the safest possible care until a bed in the ICU became available.

This situation has now changed and patients taken from theatre to intensive care will be nursed by the doctor if specialist nurses are not available.

Inspectors find hospital theatres turned into wards

A London hospital was so overcrowded that operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards, says report.

A London hospital was so overcrowded that operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards, according to a new report.

Charing Cross hospital used the theatres when it ran out of critical care beds - with doctors caring for seriously ill patients because there were no nurses available.

This prevented the theatres being used for emergency surgery and “provided a poor and potentially distressing environment” for visiting friends and family, the General Medical Council said.

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