Hundreds of people were forced to wait more than 12 hours in Nottingham’s Accident & Emergency in the run up to Christmas.
Recent statistics from NHS England show that 362 people waited 12 or more hours in December 2021. This contrasts with the year before (December 2020) where no one waited longer than 12 hours.
The longer wait times are caused by the pandemic and many staff having the more infective omicron variant according to NUH’s latest annual report. The inflated numbers are also partly due to the winter and the additional strain that the NHS is put under.
Nottingham is not the only city to struggle with wait times, United Lincoln Hospitals Trust (ULHT) are having to bring in military personnel to support their emergency department due to struggling with wait times.
These statistics are bad news for Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust which run queens medical centre as their latest care quality commission report graded them as ‘requires improvement’ specifically on urgent and emergency services with the maternity department rated inadequate.
emergency access remains a top priority…
NUH ANNUAL REPORT 2020/21
In their latest annual report Nottingham University Hospitals Trust explained that the impact of covid-19 has put pressure on their services. Due to the need to avoid overcrowding and to socially distance ambulatory patients.
However the trust aims to improve “services and pathways have been reconfigured and redesigned to accommodate these requirements. improvement plans for urgent and emergency care are in place and improving timely emergency access remains a top priority for us and our partners in 2021/22”
Despite this over 4000 people have been admitted to A&E in December ’21, 33 percent of people had to wait over 4 hours in the emergency department.
Number of patients waiting over 12 hours:
December 2021- 362
November 2021- 425
October 2021- 108
September 2021- 140