Risk associated with closure of A/E departments

Despite overwhelming opposition from residents, doctors, businessmen and politicians from across Driffield and the Wolds, The East Riding of Yorkshire PCT now look set to finally axe the beds at the town's Alfred Bean Hospital. Latest Comments
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Risk associated with closure of A/E departments

Post by plook » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:11 pm

Some research that as just been published by Sheffield University states that for every 6 miles traveled to an A/E Dept there is a 1% increase risk of death if you are in need of urgent medical attention. So if we are sent from Driffield to Scarborough or Hull when we have our heart attacks we would have a 5% increased risk of dying before we get there- I guess that if Scarborough A/E closes that % risk increases still further. It looks like the Primary Care Trust believe that 5% increased risk of death is OK if you live in Driffield.

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