A&E waiting times are beating government targets

ABOVE AVERAGE: University Hospital of North Tees.
ABOVE AVERAGE: University Hospital of North Tees.
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WAITING times for A&E patients in Hartlepool and East Durham are continuing to exceed Department of Health targets, according to new figures.

Latest statistics from NHS England show 95.2 per cent of patients were seen in under four hours after attending emergency services run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

It’s a testament to all of our staff who work hard to provide excellent care that we have continued to perform very well as a trust.

Chief operating officer and deputy chief executive for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Julie Gillon

There were 1,306 people who visited A&E at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and the 395 who went to the One Life Hartlepool minor injuries unit in the week up to Sunday, May 3, 95.2 per cent were seen in under four hours.

The national average for England is 94.1 per cent, with the Government aiming for a target of 95 per cent.

It was down slightly on the previous week, which saw 96.9 per cent of patients seen in under four hours.

Chief operating officer and deputy chief executive for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Julie Gillon said: “At 95.2 per cent we exceeded the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen, treated, admitted or discharged within four hours in the week ending May 3.

“We are still seeing a higher percentage of patients being admitted into hospital from A&E which reflects the number of patients with complex illness requiring further investigation and a hospital stay.

“The whole system has to work well for accident and emergency to work well.

“It’s a testament to all of our staff who work hard to provide excellent care that we have continued to perform very well as a trust.”