Shropshire A&E waiting times continue to miss targets

Fewer than seven out of 10 A&E admissions in Shropshire are meeting national waiting time guidelines, figures reveal today.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal Hospital have come 130th out of 133 for meeting targets.

The national target for A&E patients being seen or admitted within four hours is 95 per cent. In Shropshire the figure for December slumped to 69.3 per cent.

Nationally, 85.1 per cent of patients were seen within the target time. It meant the NHS ended the year with the same A&E waiting time performance level in December as at the start of the year, equalling January's record low and the worst result since the target was introduced in 2004.

The 95 per cent target was last hit at hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford in August 2014.

The figures come as it was revealed a letter from senior medics at more than 60 A&E departments in England and Wales, including Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, was sent to Theresa May.

The letter warns that the "current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable," as the winter months put the NHS under further strain.

Nationally more than 5,000 people were forced to wait more than an hour to be first seen and assessed in emergency departments in England in the first week of the year, while more than 16,600 people had to wait more than half an hour, the NHS England statistics show.

Staff have been faced with rising numbers of flu cases and respiratory illness, with 48 flu-related deaths in England so far this winter.

Advertising

The letter adds: "The facts remain that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded. Some of our own personal experiences range from over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely."

Sara Biffen, interim chief operating officer at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: "Our emergency departments, in common with departments across the country, continue to deal with very high attendances and complex conditions.

"As we have said before, we know that our performance against the A&E target is not where we want it to be, but our priority continues to be to ensure our patients are treated safely and appropriately. We continue to work with our partners both in the NHS and in social care so that those patients who no longer need the specialist care we provide can leave our hospitals in a safe and timely manner.”

"Whilst the latest A&E figures are disappointing, it is pleasing to see that SaTH was way above the target of 85 per cent and the national average of 82.5 per cent for cancer care, at almost 89 per cent (in the top 30 trusts in the country) and the seventh best performing trust in the country for planned operations and care with almost 95 per cent of our patients waiting less than 18 weeks, against a target of 92 per cent and an average of 89.5 per cent.”




Date: 12 January 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Dalian Atkinson: Police officers could be charged over ex-footballer's Taser death

Two police officers could be prosecuted over the death of former footballe..

 Surprise Zola meeting for Chelsea mad cancer survivor

"I can't believe I got to meet the legend!"

 487 homes plan: Newport land switch move set to be agreed

Controversial plans which will see almost 50 acres of land switched from o..

 Novel way to get Lilly back on her feet

Well this could make you 'paws' for thought.

 Telford police speed camera worker sacked for gross misconduct

A police worker has been sacked – after making up figures for a speeding p..

 Cars clocked travelling at twice the speed limit in Cressage

A concerned resident has clocked traffic travelling more then double the s..
View More

More UK News

Children with problems or problem children?

How do we know if children are misbehaving or mentally ill

Diesel and petrol ban should come much faster, say MPs

The government’s 2040 deadline for shifting to electric-powered cars criticised as 'unambitious'

Newspaper headlines: 'May's transition gambit draws fire'

Many papers comment on MPs' reactions to the PM's proposal to extend the Brexit transition period

Tameside councillor 'teased with Britney photos online'

Councillors are urged not to act like internet "trolls" after one was taunted with photos of the US ..

Wakefield's Pinderfields Hospital smokers shamed via loudspeaker

Hospital users are encouraged to activate the announcements when they see someone smoking on site
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

24 Oct 2018

Wed 24 Oct - 7:30pm
Thu 25 Oct - 7:30pm
Fri 26 Oct - 7:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 2:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 7:30pm


Tickets £15


Group offer: £12 tickets for groups of 20+ per performance

View Details

27 Oct 2018

6- 9pm


Adult & 60+ - £13

Child (aged 3-15) - £9.50
Child (aged 0-2) - FREE
Family (2+2) - £40

Please note Passport tickets are not valid for this event and dogs will not be allowed.

Tickets must be purchased in advance either online

Dogs will not be allowed and remember to bring a torch.

View Details

30 Oct 2018

2.30pm


Tickets £11

Suitable for 5+

Show running time (approx) : 40 minutes - 15 minute interval - 30 minutes

View Details

31 Oct 2018

7:30pm


Tickets £24

Concession £22

View Details

31 Oct 2018

6:30 - 8:30pm


Children: £5.99

Adults: £1.99

Under 2's: £2.25

Under 1's: Free

View Details
View More