Hospital clocks up massive waiting time improvement

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 October 2010

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WAITING times for ambulance patients arriving at Weston General Hospital have fallen dramatically this year, according to new figures.

More than 87 per cent of emergency patients brought into the Uphill facility during August were handed over to care within 15 minutes.

This compares to December last year, when just 45 per cent of emergency patients were seen within the target time.

The increased performance comes despite the hospital shifting its emergency department to a temporary facility in April.

The move came following the start of £8.5million work to expand and refurbish the existing department.

However, despite welcoming the improvement, bosses at the hospital trust say they are still striving toward achieving an ambition to eliminate all delays of more than 15 minutes.

Director of hospital services, Chris Bryant, revealed the figures in a report to Weston Area Health Trust’s monthly board meeting.

Commenting on the figures, he said: “A further month’s data in the high eighties has improved the year to date figure.

“Performance continues to be good although there is still a way to go to achieve the target of 100 per cent.”

Mr Bryant also questioned the validation of the data, which is sourced from Great Western Ambulance Service.

According to the figures, overall this year 80.32 per cent of emergency patients arriving at the hospital by ambulance were seen within the 15-minute target.

A programme to reduce delays includes continued training of paramedic staff and redeveloping the existing emergency department.

The new department will come with a new ambulance entrance, more drop-off bays and treatment and examination rooms.

As building work goes on the service is still being run 24 hours a day and can be accessed by the second Grange Road entrance at the Uphill village end.

Along with a new GP centre at the hospital, the new department is set to open in May next year.

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