Home   News   Article

More than 30 per cent waited four hours in King’s Lynn hospital A&E unit, new data reveals

Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn
Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

Nearly a third of patients had to wait more than four hours to be seen at Lynn’s accident and emergency department last month, new figures have shown.

Bosses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) say the increase is due to “significant” pressures during the winter, including rising year-on-year attendance rates.

NHS data has revealed that just 69.2 per cent of patients were seen within the government’s four hour target in February, compared with a target of 95 per cent.

The proportion of people being seen within the time limit has been consistently falling in recent months, from a peak of more than 93 per cent last summer.

Ciara Moore, the QEH’s chief operating officer, said: “We have experienced significant winter pressures throughout the first part of 2018 with an increase in A&E attendance and acutely unwell patients seeking our care.

“This has had an impact on meeting the four hour A&E target.”

Although the daily number of patients attending the unit has remained largely steady during January and February, the hospital says it has seen a steady upward trend in numbers compared with the previous year.

A total of 4,774 patients attended A&E at the QEH in February this year, up more than 200 on the same month in 2017.

And monthly attendance totals were up on the previous year in eight out of the last 11 months.

Ms Moore added: “This is a regional and national problem with many trusts experiencing similar issues.

“During this time we have also worked closely with partners across the healthcare system .

“Patient safety remains our top priority and our dedicated frontline staff continue to work exceptionally hard to maintain this at all times.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical, nursing and other health professionals for everything they have done for our patients.”

Although its total is significantly below that of the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston the QEH’s figure is seven percentage points better than the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

The figures have also led a leading medical professionals’ body, the Royal College for Emergency Medicine, to urge the public to lobby their MPs to demand action on the issue.

They say previously unacceptable performance levels have become “normal.”


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More