"Diverted to another hospital"
About: Pinderfields General Hospital / Accident and emergency Pinderfields General Hospital Accident and emergency Wakefield WF1 4DG Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Emergency ambulance Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Emergency ambulance Wakefield WF2 0XQ
Posted by poornhspt (as ),
Out of hours GP visited at home, blood test showed some abnormalities that required a little input from local a&e less than a mile away. GP rang local a&e and discussed with a registrar Dr re coming to them. All ok so an Ambulance came (booked by GP) and they informed Pinderfields was closed to ambulances and that they were diverting to another hospital 8 miles away (dewsbury).
The ambulance staff were very nice, professional and helpful. They even rang a consultant at Pinderfields who I overhead being rude to the ambulance chap, and told them we couldn't go there.
This has caused significant issues for us and it appears to me Pinderfields simply cannot cope with the demand from the local area it is supposed to serve.
Having poorly and often elderly patients travel from Pontefract/Castleford/Wakefield to Dewsbury because the local hospital can't cope is, in my opinion, beyond belief. It should be staffed better with more beds if it cannot cope with current demand. No excuses.