King’s Lynn hospital fails to meet A&E targets

QEH Accident and Emergency Dept and Vehicles outside the entrance on Sunday 4th Jan 2015 ANL-150501-075111009 ANL-150501-075111009
QEH Accident and Emergency Dept and Vehicles outside the entrance on Sunday 4th Jan 2015 ANL-150501-075111009 ANL-150501-075111009
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The pressures of winter are continuing to affect Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

New figures from NHS England show that the hospital is missing its targets for waiting times at its accident and emergency department.

For the week ending December 28, 89.9 per cent of patients at A&E were treated, admitted or discharged within four hours or less. The target is 95 per cent.

This is a problem seen at A&E departments across the country with admissions reaching the highest levels for a decade.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “The pressure reported across the country is having a similar impact locally.

“We continue to work closely with partners across health and social care to maintain high quality and safe care for our patients.”

The hospital has been on black alert – which is the highest alert – and is appealing for patients to only go there in a genuine emergency. The QEH had previously declared a black alert in December.

Two years ago the hospital received a £3.9 million grant to re-design its emergency department to create additional treatment areas and invest in support services.

The hospital was placed on black alert, which meant bed capacity was being reached, but did not close its doors to new admissions.

High levels of demand were seen at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge last week. It declared a “major incident”.