Hospital doing well on A&E times

PATIENTS at Ipswich Hospital are made to wait for less time in accident and emergency than the national average, it was revealed today.

PATIENTS at Ipswich Hospital are made to wait for less time in accident and emergency than the national average, it was revealed today.

New figures from the Department of Health today give a clear picture of the number of admissions and the time people are made to wait in hospital A&E departments.

Ipswich saw 98.6per cent of people spend less than four hours in A&E from their arrival to either their discharge or transfer. The national average is 97.6pc.

The figures are for the final quarter of 2006. The Ipswich figures remained the same in the previous quarter - but the hospital had bettered itself from 98.4pc earlier in the year.

The hospital had 13,910 attendances in the quarter, 1,130 less than the same time period in 2005 and 1,673 less than the previous quarter.

Nationally, attendances fell year on year by 1.2pc and there was no annual change in the proportion of patients spending less than four hours in A&E.

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