Recently released statistics from the NHS England show Bournemouth and Poole slipping behind on targets when it comes to A&E performance.
NHS England strive for a 95 percent target A&E patients to be seen within a four-hour window. Nationally, December figures show that this was the case only 85 percent of the time.
Locally, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital fell short of even the national average, at an 84 percent success rate. Compared to this time last year, figures are down by over nine percent.
Concerns have been raised from local residents about the wait times. Particularly due to the already cold reception to the A&E closure at Poole Hospital.
“I had to wait over five hours to be seen with a leg injury,” states 27-year-old Donna Kent. “My treatment seemed really delayed due to short-staffing. It makes me worry if I ever have to go to A&E in Bournemouth. It’s a lot further to go, and if Poole Hospital close their emergency unit – what if it takes even longer to be seen?”
Poole Hospital fared slightly better than Bournemouth, matching the national average of 85 percent. However, this again falls short of NHS England’s expected 95 percent turnover.
On top of this, the last time Poole Hospital reached this target hasn’t been since September 2015. Bournemouth Hospital previously hit the target in November 2017. This is since tracking began in June 2010.
South West Ambulance Service have also announced that they are operating at a level of “Severe Pressure”. This is the second-highest state of operation, where expected ambulance arrival times can take up to two hours.
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