A&E copes with winter rush

Michael Wilson, chief executive of Surrey and Surrey Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs East Surrey Hospital ENGSUS00120131231105716
Michael Wilson, chief executive of Surrey and Surrey Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs East Surrey Hospital ENGSUS00120131231105716

East Surrey Hospital has proved itself to be one of the top performing hospitals in the country for winter A&E waiting times .

The figures, put together by NHS England as part of their Winter Health Check, showed 97 per cent of patients were seen within four hours of arriving at the hospital at the begining of December.

This came despite an increase in the number of patients attending A&E.

The Winter Health Check monitors the performance of hospitals during what is often a high-pressure period.

East Surrey, which is run by the Surrey And Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, was one of only 22 major A&E centres to meet the 95 per cent target in the first week of December.

The figures showed 1,745 people attended A&E while 612 were admitted to hospital for further treatment – 68 more than at the end of November.

Of the 612 patients admitted, 52 had to wait more than four hours to be admitted, compared to a UK average of 253.

When it came to ‘trolley waits’ – the time it took for a patient to be given a bed after being admitted to hospital by A&E staff – 21 people had to wait between four and 12 hours.This figure was less than half the UK average of 55.

The Winter Health Check showed 118 Trusts failed to meet their waiting time targets at the beginning of December

Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Chief Executive, Michael Wilson, praised staff at East Surrey for their ongoing efforts to meet and beat targets.

He said: “Our A&E doctors and nurses work very hard to deliver an exceptional service to our patients quickly, effectively and compassionately.

“We have also ensured we have robust plans in place to respond to the additional pressures NHS services have traditionally had over the winter period.

“These figures highlight how effective our teams and our plans are.”