Sunderland A&E waiting times get shorter – but still below Government targets

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THE tide could be turning for patients in Sunderland as A&E waiting times improve – but they’re still below Government targets.

The latest figures, for the week ending January 11, show that only 85.1 per cent of people arriving at Sunderland Royal’s A&E department were either referred, admitted or discharged within four hours – which is below the Government’s 95 per cent target

However, the figure represents an improvement on the previous week’s statistic, which saw just 81.9 per cent being treated within the four-hour limit.

Hospital bosses say they’re confident the opening of next year’s multimillion-pound revamped A&E will make treatment times more efficient,

A spokesman for city Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust said: “We continue to maintain a first-class service in the face of great pressures and thanks must go to all staff at the trust, particularly those in frontline in A&E, for their efforts in getting patients through the system as quickly as possible.

“These are highly demanding times, but the trust is confident that, working with our partner agencies and local authority, we will continue to develop and improve our emergency service –- it will be radically modernised with the opening of the new department next year, making the service in Sunderland one of the best emergency trauma units in the north.”