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Councillor praises Tameside hospital after emergency
Wednesday 20th February 2019 @ 11:34 by Lauren Entwistle

A councillor has praised the ‘excellent’ emergency NHS care he received after being struck down with appendicitis.

By local democracy reporter Charlotte Green.

Tameside cabinet member Oliver Ryan, who represents Audenshaw, needed emergency surgery at Tameside Hospital to remove his appendix.

He had been suffering from severe pain and went to A&E immediately after a three hour criminal law exam, having first run his symptoms past a friend who was a doctor.

He was admitted on January 16 and operated on the next day.

Coun Ryan was discharged 24 hours later, but said he was ‘out of action’ for around ten days.

The politician – who was first elected to the council at the age of just 19 in 2014 – revealed his experience during an update to the strategic commissioning board.

A report for the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust revealed that the performance of the A&E was below the national 95 percent target for waiting times.

But at 92.7pc for November, it was higher than the Greater Manchester target of 90pc – making it the best performing trust in the region and 29th out of 134 trusts nationally.

Coun Ryan said: “We’re the best in that graph for people being seen under four hours, and I personally experienced this recently with having my appendix out.

“A&E recently whipped my appendix out so in a way I’ve contributed to these figures, so I’d like to commend the team at A&E.

“You’ve done an awful lot to make sure people are seen – in my experience – in a timely and positive way. That’s something to be proud of.”

In November 2016, Tameside had been the worst performing trust regionally – with just 77.2pc of people being seen at the hospital within four hours.

“The changes that we’ve made have proved that, in the last four years we’ve improved the A&E figures,” Coun Ryan added.

Council leader Brenda Warrington said: “I think we should thank Councillor Ryan for sharing with us his very positive experience in such a difficult situation because he was so, so in pain and he was dealt with admirably and very satisfactorily.”

Carol Prowse, the lay member for commissioning, also praised the emergency NHS service.

“The consistent A&E performance at the trust is commendable,” she said.

“Yes OK, we’re not meeting the target but in these very hard times it’s fantastic.”

The figures from Tameside and Glossop are higher than the national trend, which has seen waiting times in A&Es steadily decline.

More patients than ever before had to wait more than four hours for A&E treatment last month, as winter put unprecedented strain on the NHS.

Figures released last week showed that hospital A&E units in England dealt with just 76.1pc of patients within four hours in January.

That was the worst performance against the target since records began.

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care waiting times performance dropped to 89.7pc – but still remained the highest in Greater Manchester.

According to the report presented to the town hall, one of the main problems for the trust is a lack of medical bed capacity.

This causes time breaches due to the wait for beds to become available, and the congestion on the frontline also delays first assessment.

There is also a lack of physical capacity in the emergency department to see patients during periods of high demand.

And underlying demand continues to grow, a consequence of winter pressures, people staying in beds longer and more children becoming ill.