Figures cite 12-hour waits for Grimsby & Scunthorpe hospitals

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Figures cite 12-hour waits for Grimsby & Scunthorpe hospitals

The figures are in; around 500 people had to wait over 12 hours in A&E in Grimsby and Scunthorpe last month.

The figures however show signs of improvement.

A total of 12,952 people attended Accident & Emergency departments in the towns in November, according to data released by the NHS. The figures cited 536 of those who had to wait over 12 hours before being admitted to a ward bed.

The figures showed improvement when compared to the previous month, in October 618 people had to wait more than 12 hours. In September they cited 708 people, and August was 563. For January, 224 people.

A total of 8,071 people arrived at A&E in November and waited less than four hours to be admitted, discharged or transferred, around 62%.

A total of 37,837 people across England had to wait more than 12 hours. 69% of A&E attendees were admitted within four hours in England.

Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital received a £17m A&E department, which opened in October, however, bosses warned of high patient numbers, staff abuse and long waits.

At the time, Trust CEO Peter Reading apologised for long waits and insisted that nobody would wait longer than is ‘absolutely necessary’.

He said: “I am incredibly proud of our staff, who have been working under significant levels of pressure and exceptionally high demand. I was also very disappointed to hear that over the last few days our staff have been subjected to abuse and intimidation from some members of the public. I want to make it clear that this is not acceptable, and it will not be tolerated.”

He added: “We appreciate that some patients coming to our Emergency Department recently had significantly longer waiting times than we would like. We understand how frustrating this can be and apologise for the delays.

“However, I can assure you that we will never keep you waiting longer than is absolutely necessary and, if you have had to wait a long time, it is because we are treating someone else who is in greater need of our care.

“We will never turn away someone who needs our care. If you need us, please come to the Emergency Department. However, we continue to see people coming to our hospitals who may find that they are treated just as effectively – and sometimes more quickly – by seeing their GP, making use of the GP Out of Hours service, contacting 111 or seeing their local pharmacist.”

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