Hospital misses A&E target

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West Suffolk Hospital struggled to hit its target to keep A&E waiting times down to four hours over the festive period, according to new figures.

Statistics for the third quarter of 2014 indicate that 93.5 per cent of the 15,370 A&E visitors were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

West Suffolk’s figure is just short of the national target of 95 per cent set by the Government.

In the previous quarter, the Bury St Edmunds hospital achieved its target at 95.1 per cent.

But like many hospitals across the country, it felt the added pressure over the Christmas period.

The hospital’s figure was slightly higher than the national average of 92.6 per cent – the lowest recorded in the past decade.

Jon Green, chief operating officer at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We have been very busy with high numbers of admissions and attendances at our emergency department.

“We brought in additional staff and opened extra beds to help us manage the flow of patients through the hospital so that everyone could receive the care they needed.”