A&E waiting times at QA Hospital still missing benchmark

Waiting times to see patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital's A&E department are still below national guidelines

Waiting times to see patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital's A&E department are still below national guidelines

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WAITING times to see patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital’s A&E department are still below national guidelines, figures have revealed.

The NHS England statistics for Portsmouth NHS Trust, released this morning, showed that last week only 77.6 per cent of patients were seen, treated or discharged within four hours at the Cosham hospital’s emergency department.

The benchmark is 95 per cent of patients.

This is an increase from the figures released over the new year, from December 29 until January 4, which saw only 61.5 per cent of patients dealt with within the target time - the lowest in five weeks.

The figures also showed that 2,283 people went to A&E, an average of 326 a day.

The NHS is also missing the benchmark nationally with just 89.8 per cent of patients seen, treated or discharged.

Dame Barbara Hakin, NHS England’s national director of commissioning operations, said: ‘We continue to see and treat the vast majority of patients in England within four hours, and performance improved this past week.

‘Although we have seen a slight easing in the number of attendances and emergency admissions to A&E, the NHS continues to face unprecedented pressures on its frontline services - particularly A&E, NHS 111 and ambulance services.

‘In light of the latest weather warnings across the country, we would urge people - particularly the elderly - to stay in the warm, ensure they have proper medication, get their flu jab if they have not yet done so, and seek advice from their pharmacist or their GPs for colds, coughs and minor ailments.’

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