Hospital trust reports improved A&E waiting times
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New figures show 92.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) in February – up from 84.4pc the previous month.
The figure still falls short of the 95pc national target but exceeds the trust’s 89.4pc trajectory agreed with the NHS Trust Development Authority following a highly critical CQC inspection in 2013.
Approximately 92.5pc of patients have been seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in March.
The trust runs two A&E departments, one at Queen’s Hospital in Romford and another at King George Hospital in Goodmayes which is due to close.
Chief Executive Matthew Hopkins said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and partners.
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“Our absolute aspiration, working with partners, is to exceed and sustain performance above 95pc as it is proven to positively impact on patient care.”
He said a focus on caring and treating elderly patients at home had helped avoid unnecessary emergency admissions.
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The trust has also issued the following advice to patients:
• A&E is for serious, life-threatening injuries or illness only
• GPs are offering urgent appointments late in the evenings and at weekends
• Don’t forget your local pharmacist – they can treat lots of medical problems
• Make sure you are well stocked up with self-care medicines at home