Hospital has second worst A&E in England

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High Peak residents face one of the longest A&E waits in the country as Stepping Hill Hospital is ranked as the second worst performer in England.

Latest figures show the Stockport hospital saw just 59 per cent of its A&E patients within four hours, down from 74 per cent the previous week.

Government targets expect A&E departments to see 95 per cent of patients within a four-hour period. However, the national average slipped from 91 per cent to 87 per cent.

A total of 1,781 patients visited Stepping Hill’s A&E department last week, with 724 of those being forced to wait more than four hours.

Macclesfield District General Hospital managed to see 68 per cent of its patients within four hours, making it the 13th worst performing A&E. Prior to that, the figure had been 89 per cent.

Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-Under-Lyne, slipped from 90 to 87 per cent, putting it in the top 30.

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.”