Increase in ambulances waiting times

Friday, December 27, 2013
9:48 AM

An increase in A&E waiting times has been revealed.

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The number of patients waiting for more than four hours to been seen at A&E at hospitals run by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, including Lister Hospital in Stevenage, has more than doubled from November to December.

A Freedom of Information request from the BBC also found that one ambulance in the East of England had to wait five hours and 51 minutes before the patient they were carrying was admitted to hospital.

Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council and Labour parliamentary candidate for the town, has said the Government is to blame.

She said: “The work done by the staff at the Lister is exceptional, working long hours in ever more difficult circumstances.

“However, they are being let down by those at the top. Since the election, the Government has sacked almost 6,000 frontline nursing staff and as we face a winter crisis in accident and emergency, they’re forced to look abroad to recruit temporary nurses.

“The incompetence of the Government is putting lives at risk and I hope this latest set of figures cause them to take decisive action to prevent the worst.”

A spokesman for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: “These figures are a snapshot in time and do not reflect the reality of the Lister’s real performance. We work very closely with our ambulance service colleagues to do everything we can to minimise such waits, but with up to 100 patients brought in by ambulance every day this can be very challenging at the very busiest times.

“Although the formal handover of the paperwork may be delayed, patients are always transferred in to the department for their treatment to begin – and seriously ill patients are always rushed through.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “The Trust has been working successfully with hospitals to reduce handover delays and has also introduced hospital ambulance liaison officers at some hospitals to improve the handover process between ambulance crews and hospital staff. This has been particularly successful at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and this model is being expanded over the winter.”

3 comments

  • Not very informative as we do not get the figures on over 4 hour waits for patients at the "Lister" A&E. Nor do we get any figures for the same hospital on how long patients have to wait in ambulances at A&E. A simple bit of research would have revealed that the longest regional wait was at Broomfield hospital near Chelmsford, but also Princess Alexandra hospital Harlow had a wait of nearly 4 hours.

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    patrick newman

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Recently the national 4 hour standard was breached and there has been a series of statistics which show the NHS is headed for a crisis and the government are in a panic throwing £400M at acute trusts for boosting their A&E services - all talk of deficit reduction immediately ceases.

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    patrick newman

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • This is what you get when you have an NHS on the brink of wholesale privatisation, run by people in government and the NHS Trust who have no personal experience of public health themselves, taking themselves off to Nuffield, BUPA and co when they are ill. Remember this when you are next ill and when you next vote. Labour was not right on everything, but they sure ran the NHS much better, because they actually used the system itself.

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    Ryszard

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

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