On October 10, the Supreme Court ruled on a case brought by a Michael Darnley against the trust. You can read the full judgement on the Supreme Court website here.
Our statement in response to the case is below.
Dr Nnenna Osuji, Medical Director at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said:
“We would like to apologise to Mr Darnley for the confusion around waiting times that occurred when he attended our Emergency Department after suffering an assault.
“We have always ensured that patients arriving at our Emergency Department are triaged by a nurse so we can establish who needs treatment most urgently. At the time of Mr Darnley’s case, the courts heard that anyone with a head injury would have been assessed by a nurse within 30 minutes.
“For the past three years we have also had clinical streaming in the Emergency Department, so people are seen by a senior nurse within 15 minutes of arrival to ensure there is no delay if they require urgent treatment and through monitoring, any deterioration in their condition is quickly acted upon.
“We note the judgement of the Supreme Court and will carefully consider its implications for the Trust and our staff going forwards.”