Have you used A&E this winter? We want to hear your views
Hospital A&E departments all around the country have been in the news this winter. Along with 8 other local Healthwatch we had planned co-ordinated visits to A&E departments across Merseyside and Cheshire in January to gather patients' experiences of using A&E during these periods of increased pressure.
However, with cases of flu and respiratory illnesses increasing, we have taken the decision to postpone our visits. This comes following a decision by the Care Quality Commission to pause some routine inspections "to allow frontline staff and leaders to focus on continuing to ensure people receive safe, high-quality care during this period of increased demand."
We are still keen to gather feedback from people who have been to A&E this winter so we are encouraging people to complete our joint survey. This survey aims to look at both the experience of using the A&E service at a time of increased pressure as well as looking at the different reasons why people take the decision to go to A&E.
Our report from visits carried out in July 2017 highlighted that most people had gone to A&E on the recommendation of a health professional. At a time when local hospital trusts and health authorities are trying to promote the message that A&E is for "serious and life threatening emergencies only" it will be interesting to see what people have to say this time around.
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We use your feedback to help improve services for everyone in Liverpool by sharing our key findings and concerns with service providers and commissioners.