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Top tips for maintaining a safe emergency department during times of high demand

After a difficult winter, the Care Quality Commission has published some recommendations for emergency departments on maintaining safe, high-quality care despite additional pressures

After a difficult winter, the Care Quality Commission has published some recommendations for emergency departments on maintaining safe, high-quality care despite additional pressures

Last winter was probably the toughest for a generation in emergency departments (EDs).

Waiting times reached their worst levels since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004 and reports emerged of patients being treated in corridors and ambulances queuing outside EDs.

50%

Urgent and emergency services rated as inadequate or requires improvement

Source: CQC

At the very top, there is an acceptance that things must change with prime minister Theresa May confirming a planned rise in funding for the NHS over the next few years.

But there are also practical steps hospitals can take, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The regulator has published a report, Under Pressure:

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