You may have heard that Chorley A&E has recently been forced to close unexpectedly. Chorley Hospital can now only treat minor injuries and illnesses but not life threatening conditions. The hospital claim they have been unable to recruit enough staff to run the service and there is no clear timescale for it to re-open.
This raises a number of concerns about Accident and Emergency care around the region. Patients from Chorley and surrounding areas still need to go somewhere and this will undoubtedly have an impact on some combination of Preston, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton Hospitals.
Last year the Royal Bolton Hospital was forced to declare a “major incident”, diverting people away from the Hospital due to the huge demands on A&E. This year we have seen several reports of patients left waiting over 8 hours for treatment. If their service is already struggling at times of high demand it is worrying that there could be even more pressure put on local services.
I have written to the Chief Executive of the Royal Bolton Hospital to ask what measures are being taken to ensure that our A&E can cope with any overflow from Chorley and I shall be working closely with other Labour MPs to monitor the situation across the region.