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A&E Waiting Time Up in Scarborough and Bridlington

A&E Waiting Time Up in Scarborough and Bridlington

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 2:51pm 9th January 2020.

A larger than average percentage of patients waiting to be seen in A&E at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals waited longer than four hours to be seen last month.

The national average for people being seen within that time for December was the worst ever at 79.8 per cent, but hospitals run by the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust managed only 75.1 per cent.

The target is 95 per cent.

Out of a total of 17,926 attendances across the sites run by the Trust, 13,455 were seen within four hours, while 4,471 had to wait longer.

A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The volume of patients to our emergency departments continues to rise year on year.  This is reflective of the national position which experienced its busiest month on record in December 2019, with an unprecedented number of A&E attendances and ambulance call-outs.

In December our emergency departments saw an 8% rise in attendance when compared to the same time last year, which is an additional 1,355 patients attending our hospitals.  In December 2019, 42% of patients who attend our main emergency departments were subsequently admitted, increasing the pressure on the number of beds available.

The Trust has a very detailed winter plan which aims to put additional capacity in place during our forecast busiest periods and our hospitals are currently coping well despite the challenging circumstances.  We would like to thank our staff for their continued hard work and commitment to our patients under increased pressure.

As we progress through the winter months and our predictably busier period, we would urge the public to help us by thinking about using alternatives such as NHS 111 if they are unsure about whether they should be going to their local Emergency Department.”




There are 2 comments on this page.

Kate464, on 9th January 2020 7:51pm
Having unfortunately needing to use Scarborough A&E 3 times in one week over the Christmas/new year period I have nothing but praise. The first visit, my daughters eye was injured and we were in and out in under 3 hours. The second incident, it was myself that was injured on NYE lunchtime, I was fully prepared for a lengthy wait but was out in under 2 hours, with an X-ray and all strapped up too, Then the following day when the bleeding hadn’t stopped I was back again for redressing and checking nothing sinister, in and out in 25 MINUTES. Yes, 25 MINUTES on NEW YEARS DAY! I couldn’t believe it myself!

I have nothing but admiration and thanks for all of the staff at Scarborough hospital, there were a lot of cases in the waiting room that shouldn’t have been there, but were...better management of those cases early down the line of care, even in education those people about diet / smoking / alcohol abuse etc would prevent many of them needing A&E
Whitbyman, on 10th January 2020 1:18am
With 500 new homes in the area this is nothing compared to what it will be in a few years.

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