Weston's A&E saw more people in four-hour target than Bristol hospitals in month before it closed overnight
PUBLISHED: 09:04 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:29 14 August 2017
Weston General Hospital was one of the worst in the country for meeting A&E target times in January, but it has improved so much that in the month before the department closed overnight 91 per cent of patients were dealt with inside four hours.
New figures for May from NHS England show Weston General’s A&E performed better than both of the A&E departments in Bristol, where the majority of North Somerset patients are now transferred when Weston’s A&E is closed at night.
Weston-super-Mare has gone from dealing with just 63.9 per cent of its patients within four hours in January, to either admitting, transferring, or discharging 91 per cent of patients within the four-hour target time in May.
The Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) saw 84.2 per cent of people dealt with in four hours, while Southmead Hospital turned around 78.8 per cent of patients within the target.
Weston General had 4,786 people use its A&E in May while the BRI’s A&E had 11,471 patients, Southmead’s had 7,734, and 5,930 people used the A&E at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
In January, Weston General left 70 patients waiting on A&E trolleys for more than 12 hours between being told they needed to be admitted and being taken to a ward.
In February this went down to six and it sat at zero for March, April, and May.
But the BRI kept 461 patients waiting more than four hours between doctors deciding to admit them and them being admitted in May.
A total of 524 people faced the same at Southmead, and in Taunton 30 people had to wait more than four hours before being admitted.
Weston’s director of operations Phil Walmsley said: “The four-hour performance for A&E relies on how well we manage the process of admitting and discharging patients so we have a hospital bed for each patient in A&E who needs one.
“Improving our patient flow has been a top priority for the Trust and I’m pleased to say we’ve dramatically improved.
“While some things are beyond our control, for example whether there’s a space in a nursing home for a patient, we’ve spent a great deal of time and resources to improve all those areas we do control. This has greatly benefitted our patients.”