WAITING times for A&E patients in Sunderland are above the national average.
Medics at Sunderland Royal Hospital either admitted, discharged of transferred 94.1 per cent of patients within four hours for the week ending Sunday, March 15.
This is just short of the Government’s target of 95 per cent, but it’s also higher than the current national average of 93.3 per cent.
The figure is one of the highest achieved in recent weeks by staff at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, which incorporates the hospital.
A spokesman for the Trust thanked workers for all of their dedication, professionalism and flexibility during such busy and demanding times for the A&E department.
He said: “We work to maintain the highest of standards at all times and monitor all our services to ensure patients receive the treatment they need, when and where they need it.
“This is a constantly-demanding process in view of increasing patient numbers and a growing elderly population with multiple conditions – our thanks must go to all staff for their dedication, professionalism and flexibility.”
One of the lowest waiting-time figures for the Trust was for the week ending Sunday, January 4, when only 81.9 per cent of patients were dealt with within four hours.
During that week, which included New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Trusts across the country were swamped by people arriving with winter illnesses, many of them suffering complex conditions like pneumonia.