Posted on August 21, 2015

A&E targets met in Sheffield

Sheffield hospitals are now meeting the government's A&E targets, although they are experiencing problems in other areas. Statistics reveal that more than 95% of patients are being seen within the government's four-hour target time in A&E; however, more and more patients are waiting for treatment for cancer and there is an issue with bed-blocking. The statistics, which have been released by NHS England, show that the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has missed the target for treating 85% of cancer patients within two months of being referred to the hospital by a GP. The statistics also showed that there were 1,667 'lost' days when patients were left on wards even though they could have gone home. More than 10,000 patients attended the A&E department at Northern General Hospital, with 95.3% either admitted to a ward, discharged or transferred within the four-hour target time. The hospital met this target in June for the second time since October 2014. Just 82.5% of patients diagnosed with cancer could start treatment within 62 days of the referral from their GP. The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, which runs a number of hospitals in the area, was also unable to meet the target for treating patients who had breast cancer symptoms, where cancer was not initially suspected, within the set 14 days. Most of the patients who were bed-blocking were waiting for an assessment to be completed. It should be noted that this figure was lower than for the same period last year.
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