Hundreds wait over an hour for transfer from ambulance to Doncaster hospital A&E

Under official Government guidelines, no patients are supposed to have to wait an hour while they are transferred from the vehicle to the care of the hospital.
But official figures published by the NHS reveal that the target has not been met for over a year.
Statistics were presented to the Doncaster NHS Clinical Commissioning Group at their monthly meeting.
For the 12 month period from May 2016 until April 2017, 205 patients had to endure 60 minute waits.
But health officials say that Doncaster is among the better performing hospitals trusts in Yorkshire. The number of patients left waiting outside the hospital hit their highest level in January, when 66 patients were kept waiting in their vehicles for more than an hour. The figures came at one of the busiest periods for the hospital.


Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “Any extra money is, of course, welcome to address the pressures we know our A&E Department in Doncaster is facing. But there are still huge strains on our local NHS, particularly with staff shortages which need further additional money to put right.”

Article from The Star, 29 June 2017