MP PAULA Sherriff hopes continued scrutiny will see hospital bosses deal with a bed crisis – as they insist they are getting to grips with it.
A recent patient survey showed concern about the wait for beds and staffing levels at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Miss Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury and Mirfield) thinks the Care Quality Commission (CQC) study will focus minds on fixing the issues.
She said: “Patient safety is paramount and I hope scrutiny by the regulator will help the Trust make the essential changes needed.”
A member of the Health Select Committee, Ms Sherriff said staff and patients had told her of similar experiences.
“It’s no surprise the patient satisfaction report confirmed people’s experiences are of long waits and shortages of nursing staff,” she added.
Mid Yorkshire has an Urgent Care Improvement Plan in place to address bed and staffing problems.
The Trust also claims its ambulatory emergency care service at Dewsbury District and Pinderfields hospitals saves 4,000 bed days a year. This is atype of triage where patients normally admitted for procedures to be done later are seen on the same day.
It is led by a consultant and has two advanced nurses and 11 trainee advanced nurses and four advanced health care assistants.
The Pinderfields unit is set to expand in a move to a different part of the hospital, which should increase the bed days saved to 6,000 a year. Lead advanced nurse Pamela Tolley said the service currently sees about 35 patients a day.
Though this is less than one per cent of the total admitted to a ward, it adds to the availability of beds for the most seriously ill.
“Anyone would admit that being able to avoid a stay in hospital if you don’t need it is a good thing,” she said.
“We can send patients for x-rays or CT scans and get the results back the same day.
“We also work closely with the medical infusions unit, so patients who may need a blood transfusion can do so without having to be admitted.”