District’s A&E among best performing

Dewsbury and District Hospital.
Dewsbury and District Hospital.

Accident and emergency departments at the district’s hospitals have been among the best performing in the country for two-and-a-half years, the latest figures show.

The A&E units at Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals have met their targets to see and treat 95 per cent of patients within four hours since March 2012.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said it had consistently met the target for 10 quarters, despite having the fifth busiest emergency units in the country.

It said measures including more senior doctors and seven-day working in parts of A&E boosted performance.

Dr Sarah Robertshaw, lead emergency medicine consultant, said: “This is fantastic news and the result of a genuine team effort right across the service.

“Changes to the way we’ve delivered the emergency care service has brought major improvements in recent months.

NHS rules say hospitals should see, assess and either discharge or admit 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours.

Trust operations director Neil Clark added: “The Trust continues to further improve the patient journey.”