Paramedics in Nottingham are being kept off the roads for thousands of hours every month due to delays getting patients from ambulances and into hospitals.
According to figures released by East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics lost 6,830 hours in November alone due to issues with handing patients over to hospital wards, preventing them from reaching life-threatening emergencies.
A public board meeting revealed that ambulance bosses have blamed a massive demand from patients. The service explained that there had been difficulties discharging people to free up hospital beds.
The problems have also been attributed to an increased patient demand on the NHS. EMAs Direction of Operations, Richard Henderson said that some days they have 30 to 50 per cent more calls than last year. He called it an “unprecedented period of demand”.
The service has been failing to respond to the most urgent emergencies within targeted times, with figures for December showing that medics only hit their targets 58.3 per cent of the time.
At Nottingham University Hospitals, which consists of the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital, there has been an increase in emergency admissions which is having an impact on patient flow through the hospitals.