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Waits in Accident and Emergency Departments – Health Watchdog seeks Feedback from Patients

The Board of Community Health Councils in Wales and the 7 local Community Health Councils (CHCs) are undertaking a review of patient experiences with waiting time sand ambulance hand over times at Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments. CHCs regularly reports from patients stating that waiting times in A&E can be lengthy and uncomfortable; some reports also indicate that patients can experience delays in admission to A&E whilst waiting outside in Ambulance vehicles.

CHCs acknowledge there are national challenges within A&E departments with regards to staff availability and high patient demand during peak times. CHCs also acknowledge that the NHS is actively seeking to improve the experiences of patients attending A&E and continuously undertake public engagement programmes such as the ‘Choose Well’ campaign to educate the public on health care services that could be best utilised to deal with their healthcare needs. In order to inform future improvements, CHCs will be speaking directly to patients attending a&E departments during planned visit in January 2018.

If you have an experience that you would like to share with us about an A&E department around any of the following topics, then please feel free to get in touch with them.

your feedback will be treated in complete confidence and will enable them to identify themes or trends that are a cuase for concern or highlight areas of good practice. Anonymized responses to the national review will be analysed and used to compile a formal writtern report, that will be shared with the lcoal Health Baords for learning and  will be published for public review.

Your local CHC is the North Wales Community Health Council and you can contact them via telephone on 01248 679284, or by email to admin@waleschc.org.uk. Alternatively, you can complete a short questionnaire on their website: www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/900/home

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