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Pressure on emergency services is forcing hospitals to reorganise their emergency departments in a bid to speed up the flow of patients.
A Nursing Standard survey of 28 NHS organisations throughout the UK revealed that thousands of patients are waiting for more than six hours in emergency units before being moved on to wards.
The survey included questions on whether and when A&E units are at full capacity. Organisations were then asked to give details about measures they had introduced to ease pressures.