Chesterfield Royal staff hailed after figures show healthy A&E waiting times

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Praise has been heaped on staff at Chesterfield Royal after latest figures showed healthy A&E waiting times at the hospital.

Between October and December last year, 95 per cent of A&E patients at the Royal were seen in the standard four-hour waiting time.

The figure meets the Government’s 95 per cent target – and the Royal outperforms four neighbouring hospitals for A&E waits.

Gavin Boyle, chief executive at the Royal, said: “It’s a challenging time of year and the hospital is really busy – but our staff have done incredibly well.

“It’s not just the hospital that’s busy, though - GPs, 111 and out of hours, other hospitals, ambulance services, social care and voluntary agencies are, too – but we’ve pulled together to do the best for our citizens.

“Local people can help us, too, by making the right choices. Self care, advice from a pharmacist or a GP appointment might be more appropriate than our emergency department, which is for serious or life-threatening injuries and conditions that need immediate medical attention.”

Both the Royal Derby Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham saw 81 per cent of A&E patients within four hours.

The figure for King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield was 83 per cent while Queen’s Hospital in Burton Upon Trent recorded 84 per cent.

The figures come as waiting times in A&E departments across England dropped to their worst levels in more than a decade.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Targets matter but not at any cost. The priority is to treat people with dignity and respect.”