3rd Dec, 2016

Hospital hits standards despite rise in numbers

Leamington Editorial 26th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EMERGENCY services at Warwick Hospital have continued to run smoothly despite a sharp rise in the number of patients.

The hospital on Lakin Road saw nearly 6,500 patients in July – around 1,000 more than the same month in 2015.

The figures were still up last month when some 5,800 patients walked through the department’s doors, nearly 300 more than in August 2015.

But despite the rise, staff have continued to beat the national standard of treating 95 per cent of emergency patients within four hours.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “During July and August 2016 Warwick Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department has experienced high levels of demand when compared to the same months in 2015.

“Despite this increase the trust has still maintained good performance and achieved the national target.”

The trust’s emergency department is seen nationally as a shining example, with hospitals across the country adopting their approach to treating patients.

Hospital boss Glen Burley even oversees the running of the Midlands and East region’s Accident and Emergency improvement plan, which sees him offer advice, direction and mentor staff to help them deliver a better service.

A hospital spokeswoman told the Observer: “Warwick Hospital is seen as an exemplar nationally for its management of the flow of emergency patients.

“The success is based on a whole system approach making sure that patients can move out of A&E at the right time to the most appropriate setting, enabling new patients to be treated in a timely way.”