Posted: Thu 16th Feb 2017

More patients waiting over 12 hours at accident and emergency units in Wales compared to a year ago

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

The number of patients having to wait more than 12 hours at an A&E unit has risen dramatically compared to a year ago.

4,069 patients waited more than 12 hours in January, compared to 3,290 in the same month in 2016 – a rise of 23.6%. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Latest monthly figures show the number of patients waiting less than four hours was around the same as in December. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, just 79% of patients were seen within the Welsh Government’s 4 hour target period, an improvement on 78.6% for the same month in 2016 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The monthly figures look at times patients wait from arrival to their discharge, admission or transfer. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There is a target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours and no patients should wait more than 12 hours. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Commenting, Shadow Health Secretary, Angela Burns, said:

These figures are extremely disappointing and highlight the serious challenges faced by the Welsh NHS under Labour’s mismanagement. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is especially frustrating to see such a marked increase in the number of people waiting longer than 12 hours for treatment in a Welsh A&E department. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There are a number of factors which have contributed to this rise – too few hospital beds, difficulties accessing GP appointments, and of course, the closure of local minor injury units. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Sadly, the people paying the price for this failure are patients and dedicated NHS staff. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Live A&E wait time smartphone app launched in North Wales ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Figures released this week also show an 11% increase in patients waiting in ambulances for over an hour outside two of north Wales’ three acute hospitals. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In total, 893 patients were affected, up by 89 from 804 in November. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, and Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor saw increases while Wrexham Maelor had fewer people waiting. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Monthly Accident & Emergency Report – After April 2013 (pdf) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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