The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s turnaround time for ambulance arrivals have been branded “unacceptably high”, with 187 patients categorised as “potential serious incidents” (SIs) waiting over an hour to get a bed at A&E last month.
Figures from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, seen by North Norfolk Labour Party, show that the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust had 187 patients classified as “SIs” waiting over an hour to get a hospital bed in November. Out of the 536 cases in the East of England the hospital in Norwich continues to bear the worst turnaround times, and the Trust has commented that they are “unacceptably high”.
Of the 2098 arrivals in this period 1036 were handed over within 15 minutes, and 576 waited 30 minutes. 344 patients waited over three-quarters of an hour, and 187 waited over an hour.
The second worst performing hospital in the East of England was Watford hospital – with a considerably lower number of patients waiting just 60 patients waited over an hour.
North Norfolk Labour Party has branded the data “deeply concerning” and is continuing to monitor data from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust as part of its Act on Ambulances campaign against NHS cuts in north Norfolk.
In November a total of 1265 calls were received by the Trust from north Norfolk (down 348 on the same period in October 2012) and there were 125 urgent calls in November (slightly lower than the 151 in October).
They will continue to analyse the data as the country heads towards the colder period.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“What happens at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital is having a direct effect on our ambulance service and the figures continue to be deeply concerning.
The poor ambulance turnaround times at A&E is becoming an issue around the country, with cases of patients waiting more than half an hour in an ambulance at a hospital rising by one third in the last two years.
This is yet another example of why the government should be rethinking their programme of cuts within the NHS. There are 6500 fewer nurses to deal with emergencies, and now fewer ambulances to take the patients to hospital.”