Improving waiting times for Wigan A&E care

Wigan’s hospitals saw more A&E patients within four hours last month, new figures reveal.

Friday, 12th April 2019, 9:45 am
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 10:49 am
Wigan accident and emergency department

Data from NHS England shows Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust saw 78.5 per cent of people within the target time.

That was a rise from 68.6 per cent in February.

In Wigan Infirmary’s A&E unit alone, 76.2 per cent of people were seen in four hours in March, rising from 65.2 per cent the month before.

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Leigh walk-in centre saw 99.6 per cent of patients in time.

Across England, 86.6 per cent of A&E patients were admitted, transferred or discharged in four hours, rising from 84.2 per cent in February.

The Government target is for 95 per cent of A&E patients to be seen in four hours, but there has been speculation this will be scrapped and a series of pilots across England are testing new waiting times targets, including for A&E, mental health and cancer.