Waiting times among the worst in the UK
Hospitals’ A&E statistics fall short of NHS targets
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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