A&E set to change at Welwyn Garden City hospital

17:10 09 January 2012

QE2 Hospital, WGC

QE2 Hospital, WGC

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MAJOR changes to the A&E department at the QE2 Hospital will come into force next week.

From Monday (January 16), the unit at the Welwyn Garden City hospital will at night-time (8pm to 8am) treat adults with minor injuries only.

Casualties with life-threatening conditions will be taken to the “nearest appropriate hospital” – usually the Lister Hospital in Stevenage – instead or, if they’ve made their own way to the QE2, will be stabilised before being transferred.

Children’s emergency services will also be changing.

Youngsters aged over 12 months will be able to be treated for minor injuries only, 24 hours a day. Those with serious or life-threatening conditions will – like adults – be taken elsewhere.

Childen under 12 months who need to be taken to hospital should go to the 24/7 specialist children’s emergency department at the nearest appropriate hospital.

The QE2’s A&E department was always on course for closure ever since the East and North Herts NHS Trust decided, in 2008, to centralise major services at the Lister.

While full closure is not due to take place until at least next year, the reason for the overnight changes now is due to a lack of specialist staff based at the QE2.

James Quinn, the trust’s medical director and consultant ENT surgeon, said plans to turn the Lister into the area’s main hospital was now at the halfway stage.

He added: “Although better for patients in terms of improved clinical outcomes, we also knew these changes would have implications for the QE2’s A&E services.

“With fewer surgeons and other specialist doctors based at the hospital, especially overnight, this presented us with a clinical risk that needed to be addressed in advance of the ‘local A&E’ service the PCT will develop at the QE2 in 2014.

“This is why we have reorganised our services.”

12 comments

  • As long as we all die before we get to the Lister, I guess there will be no blood on their hands (and less drain on the state). Sorry if that sounds rather melodramatic, but the sad fact is that people are going to die before they get to the Lister, and some may have had a better chance going to the QE2 in cases where every second counts.

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    jonmorris

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

  • So QE2 A&E to close a Year early,what next lets knock it down because a&e gone. This area being ripped apart again,never mind we,ll take emergency,s to the lister_oh but thats only 50% finished.Now People WILL DIE on route to an appropriate hospital..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    austin35

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • HOW STUPID STEVENAGE CANT COPE WITH ALL HERTS VILLAGES KNEBWORTHWELWYNWOLMERGREENDATCHWORTHHITCHINLETCHWORTH ETC THIS STUPID GROW UP

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    ilovebabes

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • I lay the blame for the plight of the QE2 entirely at the door of the WHT and its editor, who for years campaigned vigorously for its closure when the they should have been fighting to keep it........you didn't REALLY believe that there was ANY chance of getting a nice new "super hospital" did you? Talk about naive!

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    Clarkson for PM

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • Great news for big wigs at the PCT, they still get our NI money but at the cost of lives. will they only see if it's their children dieing? They dont have a brain.

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    Deano12

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • We are having a baby soon and have already been told to make sure we are aware of how to get to the Lister without going near the A1(M). So, they obviously knew all along that the A1 would put people at risk, despite denying it repeatedly when pushing forward with the changes anyway! Besides the traffic risk, what about the mere fact that it takes so much longer for people to travel to just one hospital. If it is simply to help staff, why not just have one hospital for the whole of the UK in the midlands somewhere. The Lister is a nice hospital, especially the new Maternity unit, but I doubt it was ever designed to cover such a huge catchment area.

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    jonmorris

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

  • The bottom line is people will die, i waited 40 minutes for an ambulace for my 3 year old son as it had been sent from lister to hatfield. Babies are being born on the motor way as mothers have been unable to reach lister in time. The risk to lives in closing the QE2 are far to high.

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    mrs m

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • Spends loads of cash revamping the QEII only for it to be wound down. Brilliant!

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    IJWilliams

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  • So goverment guildlines are not met, do you really think a stroke or heart attack, or even women giving birth, lets say on the other side of Hertfordshire will be fine, due to paramedics are "getting better" ? Getting better at what? Moving the traffic out the way towards lister? everyone has any right to be annoyed with the closing of the QE2. People will die and the bigwigs of PCT will not care what so ever.

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    Deano12

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

  • ilovebabes... It won't just be Hertforshire though, will it? The "surgicentre" at the Lister have had major problems related to demand. Even if we manage to get there, they might not be able to treat us quick enough...

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    commonsense

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  • "... in advance of the ‘local A&E’ service the PCT will develop at the QE2 in 2014..." Can't see this happening...

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    commonsense

    Monday, January 9, 2012

  • Why do some correspondents distort the facts and propper advice? This is dangerous. If the problem is life threatening,call an ambulance. If it's something a GP could deal with then use a GP. If between these two, then continue to go to the QEII. Not difficult and, with the new paramedics, the chances of surviving a stroke or heart attack have improved.

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    Pilgrim

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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