Accident and Emergency waiting times below target for QMC

emergency departmentNottingham’s Queens Medical Centre is one of 111 major hospital trusts still struggling to meet required targets despite improvements to waiting times in A&E units.

A total of 92.4% of patients across England were seen in four hours in the seven days up until Sunday, dramatically improving figures since November. The target is 95% and had been missed on a weekly basis since the start of October.

During the last week, the NHS seems to have been helped because the number of attendances has fallen. It has been suggested that this is down to recent headlines warning people to only visit hospitals in emergencies.

Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre was one of the 111 major hospital trusts that failed to meet their target.

However, out of 1,452 responses, an internal survey revealed that 94% of A&E patients would recommend this hospital.

Nearly a quarter of the Nottinghamshire population (22.5%) attend the accident and emergency department. Dame Barbara Hakin, from NHS England explained in an interview earlier today they’re still facing “huge pressures on its front-line services”.

qmcPeter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals, said “With pressures remaining on our services, staff across NUH and the wider health system continue to work with the same intensity and focus to ensure timely and safe care for emergency patients.”

“There are encouraging signs. More patients week on week are receiving more timely care, despite our emergency admissions remaining high compared to other hospitals and some NUH nursing home bed closures due to infection.”

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