Information requested by Say YES to Newark Hospital (SYNH) from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) reveals some shocking facts.
The average time taken for the most urgent cases (Category A – those classified as immediately life-threatening) in the Newark area from the initial call for an ambulance to when a patient arrives at an alternative hospital is over one and a half hours, whilst the average time for the whole of Nottinghamshire is one hour fourteen minutes.
The information supplied also gives times for the worst 10% (over 100 patients) which reveals that some cases are taking up to three hours to reach alternative hospitals whilst the best 5% (around 50 patients) reach their destination within fifty minutes.
Mr Francis Towndrow, Chairman of the SYNH stated that, “These figures make the case for improving and investing emergency care at Newark Hospital. If EMAS could take the less urgent cases to Newark Hospital it would reduced greatly the travelling time for patients in the Newark area, improve the performance of EMAS and increase patient safety.”
Say YES to Newark Hospital contend that by improving the level emergency and urgent care at Newark Hospital and the number of beds available it would allow the great majority of emergencies which are not immediately life threatening to be treated at Newark Hospital. The impact of that change would significantly reduce the pressure on the ambulances services locally and make best use of a valuable local resource.
Reducing journey times would also have a positive effect on mortality rates by freeing up the ambulance services to concentrate on the most urgent cases.
Research shows that increased journey distance to hospital appears to be associated with increased risk of mortality. Data suggests that a 6.5 mile increase in straight-line distance is associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality. Newark is over 23 miles from nearest Emergency Department.
For information on research into the link between the distance travelled to hospital and mortality please click HERE.
For the complete set of figures obtained by Say YES to Newark Hospital from the East Midlands Ambulance Service please click HERE.