A&E in bottom ten for waiting times

Stepping Hill Hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital

High Peak residents who need treatment at Accident and Emergency will face one of the longest waits in the country, latest figures have shown.

Weekly statistics reveal that Stepping Hill Hospital, in Stockport, is the eighth worst performing hospital in the UK for A&E waiting times.

Just 74 per cent of patients were seen by a doctor within four hours – figures on the BBC website show – meaning the hospital is way under the 95 per cent expected by the Government.

It also puts the hospital considerably below the national average of 91 per cent.

A total of 1,678 patients visited Stepping Hill’s A&E department last week, with 440 of those being forced to wait longer than four hours.

Nearby Macclesfield District General Hospital fared better by seeing 89 per cent of its A&E patients within four hours. And Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-Under-Lyne, did better still by seeing 90 per cent of patients within four hours.

Nationally, a total of 127 major A&E trusts missed the target, with only 13 meeting it.

A spokesman for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are under a huge amount of pressure at the moment and seeing far more A&E patients than we ever have before. This is leading to capacity problems, both in our A&E department and in other areas.

“Every possible effort is being made to safely admit and discharge patients... [But] this issue has put additional pressure on already busy staff. Our dedicated staff have been working hard to ensure patients are well cared for.”