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Homerton Hospital Is Bottom Of The List

In The Times today, there is an article, which is entitled Ambulance List Shows NHS Trust With The Worst Delays.

My local hospital is Homerton and it gets a very honourable mention.

At the other end of the scale, four trusts accepting patients by ambulance reported no delays of more than an hour, led by Homerton University Hospital in east London.

It is interesting that Homerton is down as one of the best.

My GP reckons it has improved greatly in the last few years. He also says, that they seem to have more spare capacity, than the other hospitals in the area.

The hospital removed my gallstones using endoscopy and I walked out to a waiting car. I could have taken the bus, if required.

I also had a knee X-rayed, where the GP gave me a chit and told me to just turn up unannounced in one of two specific three-hour periods. I was in and out in just over ten minutes.

Homerton seem to be thinking hard about their organisation and methods.

Could this be why they are the best on the list?

So what is our South London Mayor doing to improve transport to this much improved hospital?

He’s cutting out, one of the major bus routes to the hospital.

November 3, 2022 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. If Homerton are improved its it its organisation etc, please can they come and explain how to do that to my local, Stepping Hill. Because it needs it badly – and CQC ag

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 3, 2022 | Reply

    • Homerton got a superb X-ray suite as it was the Olympic hospital and they hospital and they wanted to be able to handle anything. After all, I suspect they’d planned for a terrorist attack.

      I was in the Royal London on Tuesday, after I felt queasy and couldn’t get dressed. It’s happened before and a few hours in the air-conditioned air of the Royal London usually cures it, as it did on Tuesday.

      There is little to compare between the two hospitals in terms of quality or care, despite these days, the Royal London is probably London’s most famous hospital.

      I also think Homerton have also shot a few sacred cows.

      With my gallstones, they thought it could be major surgery and didn’t know what it was. But one day a week, they hire in one of London’s top endoscopic surgeons from the Wellington. So they asked him to have a look with an ultrasound endoscope and he diagnosed the gallstones. Two weeks later he took them out.

      I think the hospital provided the basic equipment and the surgeon brought any special equipment needed.

      I left the hospital an hour or so after the operation, which meant I didn’t need a bed.

      I believe hospitals are ripe for efficiency improvements.

      Comment by AnonW | November 3, 2022 | Reply

      • They certainly are.I am lucky to be at Christie for my cancer treatment, but even they have the occasionally tiny blip. We are between 2 hospitals, Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe. I may not have lost my finger if they has been concentrating on all the patients not just the badly injured people from the Arena Bomb – I gather all other referrals went on a pile on the consultants desk. I fully accept that their need was far great than one, and I don’t feel anger towards anyone about that. And I was lucky having health insurance and after 2 months of waiting for appointment I used that – with a consultant from Wythenshawe. I had osteomyelitis in the finger – apparently very uncommon.

        Here it is the length of time between scan and X-rays and getting the results – 7 weeks from an “Urgent” X-ray to getting the results and then really long wait for an “urgent appointment – that never came, I paid for it and chose a doctor from a different hospital.

        Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 4, 2022

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