Hospital misses target for A&E times

PUBLISHED: 12:31 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

WESTON Hospital is still failing to treat all emergency patients within its four-hour target, new figures have revealed.

WESTON Hospital is still failing to treat all emergency patients within its four-hour target, new figures have revealed.

Performance statistics have shown the hospital trust has not achieved its aim of getting 98 per cent of injured people through the emergency department in the set time.

The figures also show more than a third of patients with minor injuries are had to wait more than two hours for treatment in the period, from April to November.

The hospital trust has responded by launching urgent action to improve performance in the emergency department.

Directors believe the problems lie with the wait for beds and assessment and have employed two new consultants to try and help.

In a report to the hospital trust's board meeting, director of service development Chris Bryant said: "Deeper investigation has demonstrated the need to improve the supporting systems and to enable efficient patient flow.

"There is an action plan in place to improve performance in the emergency department.

"Essentially the plan focuses upon improving movement of patients from admission to discharge."

However, Mr Bryant said there were problems finding qualified doctors to help improve the ward.

He said: "There are still middle-grade vacancies, these slots are being covered with locums where possible but this is not satisfactory from a quality or cost perspective.

"There is a national shortage of middle-grade doctors in this speciality and it is unlikely to ease in the near future.

"The medical management team is exploring different options to improve recruitment and working practices."

In October the hospital's emergency department was again found to be failing when figures showed half of incoming ambulance patients had to wait at least 15 minutes to be unloaded.

Measures to improve the performance included redeveloping the existing emergency department at the hospital and training paramedic staff to help reduce the number of required ambulance arrivals.

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