Tackling the problem of waiting times at QA Hospital

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A REPORT to the board of trustees at Queen Alexandra Hospital shows it is taking action as patient waiting times at accident and emergency are increasingly missing the four-hour target.

A REPORT to the board of trustees at Queen Alexandra Hospital shows it is taking action as patient waiting times at accident and emergency are increasingly missing the four-hour target.

It says that breaches – patients waiting more than four hours to be seen – are increasing in out-of-hours times, both in real terms and as a proportion of attendances.

Out-of-hours times are classified as everything outside 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

The hospital has launched a series of initiatives to tackle the problem, with steps being taken since November.

As previously reported in The News, this includes a pilot Community Assessment Lounge, which sees the over-60s assessed separately to see if they need to be treated at A&E.

It runs from 9am to 9pm,

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