"Delay in treating bleeding on brain"

About: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Emergency ambulance Salford Royal / Neurosurgery Tameside General Hospital / Accident and emergency

(as a staff member),

This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…

3 weeks after gallstone surgery, lady suffered a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (bleed into the brain). Had severe headache and copious and continuous vomiting. Seen at Tameside Hospital in A & E, but delay in treating her due to no bed available at Salford Royal where she was to be transferred. After many hours in A & E Tameside, a transfer by ambulance was arranged. On the arrival of the ambulance (containing a patient being admitted to Tameside as a 'bed exchange' with this lady), the crew said their shift had ended and they weren't allowed to transfer her to Salford, though eventually this took place. This caused more delay, and was extremely distressing to the lady and her anxious family.

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Response from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Many thanks for sharing your experience with the patient opinion website. We are concerned that you have experienced a delay in being transferred. We would very much like the opportunity to investigate the events that led to you having to wait in the Emergency Department at Tameside hospital. If you would like to contact our Making Experiences Count team they would be happy to obtain further details from you and arrange for a full investigation to take place. Please be assured that all concerns are dealt with confidentially and help us to improve future services for all our patients. They can be contacted by telephoning 0345 112 6500 or email at: patientexperience@nwas.nhs.uk.

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to provide this important feedback. We have sent your concern onto the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) as this relates to their procedure in delays if you would like to contact their patient experience website here is the address to email them. mailto:patientexperience@nwas.nhs.uk

Kind regards,

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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