EMERGENCY SERVICES ACTION TEAM
(ESAT) ESAT works with health and social care organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside to ensure people who need emergency care get it.
In North Merseyside, the Emergency Services Action Team
, ESAT, has set up a pioneering scheme to help ensure patients receive the right treatment in the right place.
Mr Chris Bunch, chairman of the NHS Emergency Services Action Team
, warned of "continuing concerns" about the capacity of the NHS to respond to a severe winter this year.
THE emergency services action team
(Esat) is ready to respond to crisis situations all year round,but is particularly needed over the winter.
The North Merseyside Emergency Services Action Team
, which coordinates emergency service resources in Merseyside during the winter period, said people must only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.
MANAGING this winter's bed crisis will be largely down to the Emergency Services Action Team
Jean Scott, from the North Mersey Emergency Services Action Team
(ESAT), said: "We were seeing slight pressure at Aintree due mainly to respiratory diseases but that has now eased.
North Merseyside Emergency Services Action Team
spokeswoman Jean Scott said: "The patients caught in the back-log at Aintree were all emergency cases, but we do find that there are people using emergency services when there are other options.
Gareth Jones, head of the North Merseyside emergency services action team
, set up to monitor hospital capacity, GP services and social services over the winter, said: "We did pay for some private operations last year but it is happening to a much greater extent this winter because of the very tight in-patient waiting list targets hospitals have to meet.