Hospital is going live on Twitt-ER
9:37am Friday 8th March 2013 in Latest News
GREAT Western Hospital will be offering people the chance to gain a ‘real time’ insight into their busy Emergency Department during a live Tweetathon next week.
Taking place on Tuesday, the Tweetathon will run from 10am to 8pm and will provide a behind the scenes look into the work of the department and the patients that come through their doors.
Last month, the GWH reached more than 1,000 followers on its Twitter account, and more people are using the social networking site to get in touch and keep updated about latest news and developments.
Communications officer Rachael Lee said: “Twitter is becoming a great way to engage with new audiences and spread our messages wider.
“In March last year we ran a Tweetathon from our White Horse Birth Centre and it was very successful. We spoke to midwives and tweeted live as babies were being born.
“The response was fantastic with lots of people getting involved and asking questions and we hope to get even more interest in this next Tweetathon.”
The Tweetathon will involve regular tweets as the day unfolds, including tweets about the range of patients and types of injuries being seen, busy times, the roles of staff within the ED team, interesting facts and figures, and also Choose Well messages.
Leighton Day, deputy general manager for Unscheduled Care, said: “More than 72,000 patients attended the Emergency Department last year – that’s more than 200 daily, and during a busy winter period as we have seen this year, we can treat up to 272 patients each day.
“As a result we are very keen to highlight the Choose Well message and ensure people are choosing the right NHS service to meet their needs.
“By doing this Tweetathon we hope to give people an insight into the volume and types of patients we see each day, and highlight occasions where an incident could have been resolved by another NHS service, such as the Swindon Walk In Centre.
“I look forward to seeing how the Tweetathon goes and hope that people will get involved and follow us.”
You can follow the Tweetathon and ask questions via the hospital’s Twitter account www.twitter.com/GWH_NHS – they will be using the hashtag #GWHLiveinED.