Minister praises ‘really impressive’ improvements at Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital's accident and emergency department
Kettering General Hospital's accident and emergency department

A health minister has praised the turnaround in the performance of the accident and emergency department at Kettering General Hospital.

In recent weeks, more than 99 per cent of patients are dealt with – either admitted or discharged – within four hours of arrival at the hospital’s A&E.

The rate is a significant improvement on last year, just three quarters of patients being dealt with inside four hours in April 2013. The national standard is for that figure to be 95 per cent.

Responding to a Parliamentary question on Tuesday (June 10) from Kettering MP Philip Hollobone, minister Jane Ellison said: “We are aware that the trust did not meet the four-hour standard for a period, and obviously Monitor [the health regulator] took action and worked with the trust.

“In the week ending June 1, 2014 – the most recent period for which data are available – 99.7 per cent of patients who attended Kettering A&E were treated, admitted or discharged within four hours, continuing a recent improvement in performance.

“I am sure that the staff are justly proud of that, and I know their local Member of Parliament will want to champion it.

“I absolutely join my honourable friend [Mr Hollobone] in congratulating everyone involved in turning that performance around – it is really, really impressive.”