Wait at Sussex hospital A&E nearly worst in England


Patients attending A&E at hospitals run by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust have to wait longer than nearly everywhere else in the country.

Figures released by NHS England reveal only 79.9 per cent of patients at the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton were seen within the recommended time of fours hours in the week ending June 26.

A spokesman for the trust said they were aware of the problem and are working ‘extremely hard’ to improve waiting times for patients.

More than 70 patients across both hospitals had to wait longer than four hours during the seven day period.

A spokesperson for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our aim is always to treat patients in our Emergency Departments as quickly as possible but when the hospital is as busy as it has been in recent months the reality is that there are times when patients have to wait longer than we would like.

“All patients who do have to wait in A&E are seen by a clinician within twenty minutes of arriving in the department, are made as comfortable as possible and are regularly monitored in a safe environment.

“We are aware this is happening too often and we are working extremely hard to improve the flow of patients through A&E by creating more space for patients within the whole hospital, as well as working with our partner health and social care organisations to create more space out in the community that will allow patients to be discharged from hospital quicker.”

In the same week, an average of 95.4 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in the same week.

In January, a statement released by the trust said the Princess Royal Hospital was under ‘severe pressure’ and was forced to cancel appointments.

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