Wait­ing times among the worst in the UK

Hospi­tals’ A&E sta­tis­tics fall short of NHS tar­gets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

LON­DON North West and Hilling­don Hospi­tals were among the worst per­form­ing trusts in De­cem­ber for A&E wait­ing times.

Chelsea and West­min­ster was the only trust to hit the tar­get of at least 95 per cent of pa­tients wait­ing less than four hours from ar­rival to ad­mis­sion, dis­charge or trans­fer in De­cem­ber, at 95.4 per cent.

In com­par­i­son, Lon­don North West man­aged only 87.8 per cent, Im­pe­rial Col­lege had 88.5 per cent and Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal was marginally bet­ter at 89.5 per cent.

All recorded their worst per­for­mances since June, in De­cem­ber 2015.

A spokesper­son for the Lon­don North West Health­care NHS Trust said: “Our emer­gency de­part­ments re­main busy in line with pres­sures felt ev­ery win­ter and there has been a steady in­crease in at­ten­dances year on year.

“We are work­ing with lo­cal health part­ners to en­sure pa­tients are be­ing treated and cared for in the most ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­ity, be that in hos­pi­tal or in the com­mu­nity.

“We have also forged close links with the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to bet­ter man­age the de­mand to en­sure pa­tient safety at all times.”

Lon­don North West also missed the tar­get of 85 per cent of pa­tients on the ur­gent can­cer route start­ing treat­ment within 62 days of re­fer­ral, at 82.4 per cent, and has missed the tar­get ev­ery month since it switched to be­ing pub­lished monthly.

Hilling­don Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said it had ex­pe­ri­enced a sus­tained in­crease in ac­tiv­ity over and above last year, with more pa­tients at­tend­ing A&E.

A spokesper­son said: “We’re work­ing in con­junc­tion with Hilling­don CCG to im­prove path­ways within A&E and in­crease GP avail­abil­ity out of hours.”

Across Eng­land, 91.8 per cent of pa­tients on the wait­ing list at the end of De­cem­ber 2015 had been wait­ing fewer than 18 weeks.

This is the first time the 92 per cent stan­dard has not been met since it was in­tro­duced in April 2012, show­ing a na­tion­wide change, with 755 pa­tients wait­ing more than 52 weeks at the end of De­cem­ber 2015.

De­spite this, A&E at­ten­dances have dropped on a na­tional level with 1,867,657 at­ten­dances at A&E in De­cem­ber 2015, 1.8 per cent less than in De­cem­ber 2014.

Over­all, 91 per cent of pa­tients were ad­mit­ted, trans­ferred or dis­charged from A&E within four hours of ar­rival, which is below the 95 per cent stan­dard but higher than the same month last year.

Across Eng­land, 126 acute hos­pi­tal trusts missed the 95 per cent A&E tar­get in De­cem­ber, 81 per cent of them, the high­est num­ber since June 2015.

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