Extra staff hired to cut A&E waiting times at Queen Alexandra Hospital

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ALMOST 1,000 people had to wait more than 15 minutes in an ambulance before being seen by the emergency department last month.

The figures have been released by South Central Ambulance Service (Scas), which said it is working to reduce this number.

Last month out of 3,336 patients who were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, on blue lights, 984 had to wait 15 minutes or more before they were handed over from ambulance staff to the hospital.

In total Scas has calculated this took up 190 hours of staff time being able to respond to other emergencies.

Operations director Mark Ainsworth said: ‘The delays are linked to the volume of calls we now receive, which have increased.

‘We’re working with hospitals to tackle this.

‘At QA extra nurses have been employed to deal with queues and a private ambulance firm has been hired.

‘This is better for patients as they will get seen quicker and for patients in the community.’