Hos­pi­tal A&E fails over wait tar­gets

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

MAC­CLES­FIELD Hos­pi­tal is fail­ing to hit wait­ing time tar­gets in A&E be­cause of huge pres­sure on its ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased on Fri­day the hos­pi­tal had 884 peo­ple visit ac­ci­dent and emer­gency in the week end­ing Jan­uary 4.

Dur­ing that pe­riod there were 229 emer­gency ad­mis­sions.

But 286 peo­ple had to wait more than four hours for ei­ther ad­mis­sion, trans­fer or dis­charge mean­ing only 67.6 per cent of pa­tients were seen within the Gov­ern­ment’s tar­get, which sits at 95 per cent.

Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal is not alone its strug­gle, with the cur­rent na­tional av­er­age at 86.7 per cent, the low­est level in a decade, prompt­ing claims of a cri­sis in the NHS.

The lat­est lo­cal fig­ures follow a des­per­ate ap­peal by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs the town’s Hos­pi­tal, urg­ing peo­ple to think care­fully about us­ing ser­vices other than A&E be­cause of ‘un­prece­dented’ de­mand this win­ter.

Un­til re­cently the trust had per­formed well against its tar­get. Dur­ing the three months from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 94 per cent of the 11,722 pa­tients were seen within four hours.

But since De­cem­ber Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal has strug­gled to han­dle the sheer vol­umes of pa­tients, a wor­ry­ing trend which looks likely to con­tinue over the com­ing weeks.

John Wil­bra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “As with most other hos­pi­tals, the wards, Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency depart­ment at Mac­cles­field Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity ser­vices across the area have been ex­tremely busy in re­cent weeks.

“How­ever, our staff have worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard to meet this chal­lenge and I’m very proud of ev­ery­thing they have done to pro­tect pa­tient safety and the qual­ity of our ser­vices.

“The hos­pi­tal re­mains busy but I would like to re­as­sure peo­ple that pa­tients with ur­gent, lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tions will con­tinue to be pri­ori­tised and re­ceive safe, ap­pro­pri­ate care. I would also like to thank any pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­usu­ally long waits for their un­der­stand­ing at this time.

“Clearly there has been an im­pact on the abil­ity to see pa­tients within the four-hour stan­dard and the trust has not been able to achieve the stan­dard in De­cem­ber and it is likely that this will also be the case for Jan­uary. Our rel­a­tive per­for­mance with other lo­cal trusts, how­ever, is good.” ●● PEO­PLE are be­ing urged to con­sider al­ter­na­tives to go­ing to Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal A&E be­cause of pres­sure of health ser­vices.

East Cheshire NHS Trust is re­mind­ing pa­tients that A&E should only be used for ma­jor, life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses and in­juries.

For ill­nesses that are not life-threat­en­ing, peo­ple should first con­tact their lo­cal phar­ma­cies, GP surgery or NHS 111.

Con­gle­ton War Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal can also be used for mi­nor in­juries such as: burns, cuts, for­eign body re­moval such as splin­ters, sprains and fin­ger dis­lo­ca­tions.

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