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Hospital is one of few meeting waiting targets

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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BURTON’S Queen’s Hospital was one of just 44 in the country to meet targets for the number of patients seen in its accident and emergency department, it has emerged.

Figures show that, in the week February 3 to 9, the hospital beat the target set by health chiefs of seeing 95 per cent of people within four hours, with 95.8 per cent.

One hundred hospitals across the country failed to meet the target in a week that saw increased demand in A&E due to the extreme weather.

In Burton, the number of patients attending the department was up by 80 in the week, and emergency admissions increased by 23.

The hospital’s figures for people having to wait more than four hours were also much lower than the national average of 163.9, at 49.

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operations director Mark Powell said: “I am very proud of the way that all staff at the trust have responded during a very busy winter this year.

“Thanks to the opening of the Acute Assessment Centre and extra staffing, our performance against the national target of seeing 95 per cent of people who come to A&E within four hours has been consistently good over the last six months.

“We are now seeing waiting times in the emergency department fall and patients are being assessed, and discharged or admitted, faster.”

The total number of people attending the A&E department between February 3 and 9 was 1,175.

The figures will be welcome news for the hospital in light of a barrage of recent criticism following on from the Keogh report.

An investigation took place last May, and a report published in July raised issues over staffing and communication.

The probe was motivated by higher than expected mortality rates within the trust.

Since then Queen’s has been partnered with the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in an attempt to improve standards. These have included taking on nurses from Portugal.

A number of meetings have been held since then to reassure patients.

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