Sunderland A&E waiting times shorter than national average

Main entrance to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Kayll Road, Sunderand.
Main entrance to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Kayll Road, Sunderand.
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WAITING times for those visiting A&E at Sunderland Royal Hospital are slightly shorter than the national average, new figures reveal.

The latest statistics from NHS England show that of the 1,658 people who visited the department in the week ending Sunday, May 3, 94.5 per cent of them were seen in less than four hours.

All staff at the trust are dedicated to getting patients through the system as quickly as possible and we continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure that the highest possible standards continue to be achieved - particularly in frontline areas such as emergency departments.

Spokesman for City Hosptials Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

The average for England is currently 94.1 per cent, with the Government’s target set at 95 per cent.

The figure is down on the previous week’s admissions for the Royal, when 97.4 per cent of people were seen in under four hours.

The spring and summer seasons are traditionally a time when A&E wards are under less pressure, with busy periods occurring in the winter months, particularly around the festive season.

A spokesman for City Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “All staff at the trust are dedicated to getting patients through the system as quickly as possible and we continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure that the highest possible standards continue to be achieved - particularly in front-line areas such as emergency departments.

“As always we have to thank all staff teams for their continued determination, professionalism and compassion in meeting the highly demanding emergency challenges and providing local people with some of the best care available anywhere in the service.”

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has also released figures which it says shows the strain A&E wards are being put under.

For the week ending May 8, 2011, there were no patients who had to wait between four and 12 hours from decision to admit to actual admission at Sunderland Royal’s A&E department.

However, for the week ending May 8 this year, a total of 22 patients had to wait at the facility between those length of times.

RCN regional director Glenn Turp said today: “If anybody tries to tell you that the NHS is not feeling the strain, then frankly they are living in cloud-cuckoo land.

“We are just looking at a segment of the data that resulted in actual admissions to hospital, following an initial attendance at A&E so this is a fraction of the total number of attendances at A&E, in two comparable weeks over the last four years.”