Posted on November 10, 2015

A&E waiting times in Gloucester set to fall

A plan has been put into place to deal with waiting times in Gloucester A&E following concerns that some patients were waiting too long to be seen. Monitor, the health regulatory body, has been working on an investigation that shows that both the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and the Cheltenham General Hospital had not been meeting the national four-hour target for A&E waiting time. For most of the last financial year, the target had not been reached. A number of improvements have been agreed, one of which is to bring in an improvement director to make sure that every aspect of the plan has been implemented. The regional director of Monitor, Paul Streat, has said that the investigation has now been concluded and it is believed that the trust is heading in a more positive direction. The MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, has said that he is pleased that the investigation has been completed and he is encouraging people to do everything that they can to take care of their health. Those who need medical assistance should be encouraged to see their GP or go to the pharmacy if they have a condition that is not an emergency. The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has also welcomed the news that the investigation is over, saying that they are working alongside partners to ensure that care standards remain high. The chief executive of Healthwatch Gloucestershire, Barbara Piranty, has said that there would need to be a coordinated approach to bring down the waiting times in A&E.
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