Admissions at High Level

4 January 2018 - Late PM

Hospital steps back to Amber Status

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) moved down from ‘Red Status’ to ‘Amber Status’ at 2 pm today.

The new hospital in Dumfries was put on ‘Red Status’ on Wednesday in response to an extremely high level of emergency department referrals and GP referrals.

Medical Director Dr Ken Donaldson said: “Continuing hard work by staff and support from the public has put us in a position now where we can move down from Red Status to Amber Status.

“We’re extremely grateful to all the efforts by staff to deal with a situation which has seen us experience a dramatic increase in admissions as part of a national surge. Many have gone above and beyond the call of duty, taking on additional shifts and altering their duties.

“We are also very happy that the public have shown support, and been open to our request to consider the best first point of help for medical issues.

“However, while we have moved down to Amber Status we are not being complacent. We are continuing to work hard to ensure we have the capacity in place to cope with demand, and the increased numbers of respiratory issues and cases of flu.

”And we would continue to ask that people give thought to the best first point of contact when seeking medical assistance, with support available from the likes of community pharmacies as well as GP practices.”

Red Status is part of the hospital’s escalation protocol, and can be enacted when a department is faced with the prospect of admission numbers exceeding available capacity. Red Status ensures that this situation is communicated to the entire health board, and allows the freeing up of capacity in beds and staffing from other areas.

Amber Status signifies that there is a limited capacity available, and action is necessary in order to meet projected demand.

4 January 2018 - AM

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) remains on ‘Red Status’ today – with the public being asked to help support ongoing work to address a high level of admissions.

Before turning to the hospital’s Emergency Department, people are being asked to consider if there are more appropriate first points of contact when seeking medical assistance.

These can include community pharmacies as well as GP practices.

Medical Director Dr Kenneth Donaldson said: “We are extremely grateful to the public for their support as we work to address extremely high levels of emergency department referrals and GP referrals at DGRI – with a lot of respiratory issues and cases of flu.

“Yesterday, our escalation protocol took us to Red Status which resulted in four outpatient clinics being suspended and some elective surgeries being postponed to meet this increase in the most effective way possible and the resulting demand for beds.

“Today the impact will be slightly less, but we are still dealing with an extremely high level of admissions. We remain on Red Status, and would very much appreciate people continuing to give thought as to the best first place to seek help.”

Although a number of patients at DGRI continue to be treated for flu, there has not been a case where the infection has been passed on to another patient within the hospital.

And the hospital’s Infection Control Team credit this in part to the single rooms for patients introduced in the new £213 million facility which opened last month.

Nationally, hospitals are continuing to deal with thousands of extra admissions, with Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison having acknowledged the impact of an ‘unprecedented’ combination of trauma cases and patients seeking help for flu-like symptoms.

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