Kettering Hospital misses waiting time target in A&E

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Kettering Hospital is missing national waiting time targets in A&E, because of huge pressure on its services over the winter.

According to figures released today (Tuesday, January 6), the hospital had 19,113 people visit A&E between October and December 2014. About 5,260 of these were admitted to the hospital as patients.

However, of these, 1,672 waited for more than four hours for either admission, transfer or discharge.

Although this means 91.3 per cent of patients were dealt with in the target time, the Government’s target is 95 per cent, and the current national average is 92.6 per cent.

The news comes a day after the hospital issued a joint appeal alongside Northampton Hospital to urge people to think about using services other than A&E because of ‘unprecedented’ demand this winter.

In a joint statement issued yesterday (Monday), the two hospitals said: “Both hospitals regret that they have to rearrange appointments as they realise many patients will have to make special arrangements for their admission and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“Both hospitals have seen a large number of poorly patients this Winter. Many are older patients, with multiple problems, or people who have severe respiratory conditions that do require specialist hospital care. It is a situation being mirrored across the country.”

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