OK, so I finally got my act together and downloaded the NHS England figures for patients waiting times at Accident and Emergency. This is were the rules state that from arrival at hospital, you should wait no longer than 4 hours to be either admitted or discharged.
Hospitals have to provide figures because they are required to keep to a maximum wait of 4 hours (think about it – that’s a long time).
Anyway here are the figures for Ashford and St. Peters Accident and Emergency for week ending 4th January 2015. There now appears to be a separate listing for the Ashford Walk in Centre, so this is just A and E.
During that week, the A and E at St. Peter’s saw 1830 patients of whom 1605 were the most serious Type 1 while 225 were minor injuries classed as Type 3.
Of the Type 3 minor injuries only 72-2% were seen within the 4 hours limit.
Much more seriously, of the Type 1 serious injuries only 68-2% were seen in less than 4 hours.
The national requirement is 95% reduced from 97% under the last Labour government.
They are poor figures but when you look at the other 140 trusts – The type 1 serious injury waiting times for St. Peter's are joint 13th worst in the country while for Type 3 injuries they are 11th worst.
One week, of course, can be a blip.
Except that I’ve been following this story for a while now (well over a year) and if I was able to spot it back then there is no reason Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Trust should have been able to do something about it by now.
(a don’t stop till you drop production)
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