2 in 5 patients requiring serious care waited more than 4 hours to be seen across East Lancashire Hospitals in May 2022.
NHS guidance states that 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within a 4-hour window. This standard has not been met across the NHS in England since July 2015.
Last month, only 57% of the 10,940 type one attendances, which require the highest level of care, at Burnley General Hospital and Royal Blackburn Hospital were seen within 4 hours.
Unfortunately, this means that across East Lancashire, patients that require urgent and potentially life-saving care are waiting too long to be seen and treated. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust saw an increased level of patients requiring urgent assistance last month and such a demand on services can lead to disastrous consequences.
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Source: Lancashire Telegraph. Two in five serious patients not seen in four hour NHS window | Lancashire Telegraph