PATIENT waiting times are increasing in the city as a Wearside hospital falls even further below Government targets.
People turning up to Sunderland Royal Hospital’s A&E department during the New Year week faced longer waits for treatment.
For the week ending January 4, a total of 2,545 patients required assistance, but only 81.2 per cent of those were transferred, admitted or discharged within four hours – below the Government’s requirement of 95 per cent.
This is a decrease on the previous week’s 86.6 per cent, which included the Christmas period.
Hospital bosses have previously said a huge demand on services and a number of complex cases have contributed to the waits.
Commenting earlier this week, a spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Getting patients through the system is an absolute priority, but inevitably at this time of year, and with the current pressures on the service, emergency departments are all dealing with increased numbers. As well as normal winter pressures, a growing elderly population with multiple long-term conditions present staff with major challenges.
“We believe, however, that we have one of the best emergency care teams in the region – the trust is constantly monitoring patient flows and, with our local partners, working to ensure that admissions are handled as quickly and effectively as possible.”