Targets Being Missed as Hospital Patient Transfer Times More Than Doubled Over Christmas

Full Story at B Journal 10 January 2018

Targets are being missed as patients in Brighton & Hove are waiting longer than they should to be admitted to A&E departments.

Ambulance crews aim to hand over patients to hospital staff within 15 minutes, however recent figures show that the number of patients at Sussex’s A&E waiting are left waiting for longer than this – a figure that has shot up dramatically over the festive period in the last two weeks.

From Christmas Day until New Year’s Eve, 350 patients had to wait for anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour before hospital staff could hand them over to a formal department within the hospital building, compared to 295 the week before.

The figures of those waiting for more than an hour increased by upwards of 50%, from 52 to 110.