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Admissions to Salisbury District Hospital on the rise

Admissions to Salisbury District Hospital on the rise

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:41am 10th January 2020. (Updated at 10:53am 10th January 2020)

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Nearly 3,700 more patients had a stay at our local hospital last year, compared to five years ago.

Figures from NHS Digital show there were 61,255 people admitted at Salisbury District Hospital in 2018-19.

That's up 6% on the patient numbers from 2014-15.

Nationally, there's been an 8% rise in hospital admissions.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Entrance A - Accident and Emergency - A&E - Maternity (Mike Draper) (1)
The number of patients being admitted to SDH has been rising over the last five years

WHY ARE PATIENT NUMBERS INCREASING? 

NHS bosses think much of the rise in hospital admissions is due to an increasing number of people who are living with long-term, complex conditions.

In Salisbury, the local NHS Foundation Trust has told Spire FM: 

"We believe this increase is as a result of demographic changes and subsequent increases in demand."

Hospital bed (pixabay)
Health experts are calling for more investment in services to keep waiting times down

Health experts, like think tank The King's Fund, say the figures show a need to increase the number of hospital beds across the country and that more investment in the NHS is needed.

Chief Executive of The King's Fund, Richard Murray, said:

"Critically, if the NHS is to open more hospital beds it will need more people to staff them, but the NHS is already in the grips of a major workforce crisis. A credible plan to increase staff numbers is urgently needed.

"Even then, it will take time to stabilise services and in the meantime patients will unfortunately have to continue waiting longer to receive the care that they need."

Hospital Admissions Sign
Hospital admissions have been rising over the last five years, including at Salisbury District Hospital

WAITING TIMES ALSO GOING UP

The figures also show that the wait for a bed at Salisbury District Hospital for an elective admission has gone up in the last five years too.

It's gone up from 63 days back in 2014 to 79 days last year.

The national average for those kinds of admissions is currently 61 days.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper) (2)
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust think the increase in admissions might be because of an larger population in their catchment area

Dr Rob Harwood from the British Medical Association, said underfunding, a lack of beds and chronic staff shortages meant doctors and other NHS staff are under pressure:

"All of this means more patients face lengthy waits for treatment with too many now forced to wait for hours in uncomfortable conditions in A&E wards or hospital corridors.

"The Government must get a grip of this crisis, and though MPs have promised more funding, the BMA has been clear that the money pledged will not be enough to make up for years of underinvestment."

The BMA's calling for 10,000 more beds to ease pressure on frontline services, as well as a 4.1% annual funding increase.

Old Person in Hospital
Admissions in hospital may be increasing because more people are living with long term conditions

NHS RESPONSE

A spokeswoman for the Government's Department of Health and Social Care said: 

"We are providing the NHS with a record cash funding boost of £33.9 billion extra a year within the next 5 years, which we are enshrining in law.

"Our record funding will allow us to put 50,000 more nurses, 6,000 more GPs and 6,000 more primary care professionals onto the frontline to deliver a world-class NHS."

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