OPINION - We must take better care of our services

ANYONE who has spend any time in a hospital casualty department in Glasgow knows how frustrating an experience it can be.

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Queues form as under-pressure nurses, doctors and reception staff try to manage the volume and diversity of cases that come through the doors either by ambulance or walking wounded.

Investing money and targeting resources to ensure a quicker assessment and treatment will be welcomed by both patients and staff.

Ensuring that only those who need accident and emergency treatment are in the department will also ease pressure and get those who really need urgent treatment seen sooner.

This cash will make a difference only if it used properly and spent on the frontline staff who are so badly needed and also in ensuring they are there at the times when most needed, both in the casualty and in the receiving wards.

With more older people being taken to casualty for falls and other age-related injuries and conditions, better community care is essential to minimise the risk of them needing to visit A&E.

As the ageing population is set to continue it is right to start programmes now to ensure our hospitals are prepared for the changes and the challenges that lie ahead.

ANYONE who has spend any time in a hospital casualty department in Glasgow knows how frustrating an experience it can be.

Queues form as under-pressure nurses, doctors and reception staff try to manage the volume and diversity of cases that come through the doors either by ambulance or walking wounded.

Investing money and targeting resources to ensure a quicker assessment and treatment will be welcomed by both patients and staff.

Ensuring that only those who need accident and emergency treatment are in the department will also ease pressure and get those who really need urgent treatment seen sooner.

This cash will make a difference only if it used properly and spent on the frontline staff who are so badly needed and also in ensuring they are there at the times when most needed, both in the casualty and in the receiving wards.

With more older people being taken to casualty for falls and other age-related injuries and conditions, better community care is essential to minimise the risk of them needing to visit A&E.

As the ageing population is set to continue it is right to start programmes now to ensure our hospitals are prepared for the changes and the challenges that lie ahead.

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