Casualty waiting improves

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WIGAN’S Accident and Emergency Department has been praised in a national report into waiting times.

The reports on A&E and ambulance activity, released by the Office for National Statistics, revealed that patients visiting Wigan’s A&E departments are getting faster, more efficient treatment than anywhere else in the region.

In the first two weeks of April, some 2,212 people attended the A&E department at Wigan Infirmary, and all of them were treated within the four hour time limit set out by the Government.

Other local trusts could not match the 100 per cent rate in Wigan. In Bolton 4,238 patients attended A&E over the same period, but only 95 per cent were treated within four hours.

Last month the Wigan Evening Post reported that the A&E department at Infirmary was the only hospital in Greater Manchester to meet the national target of attending to patients within four hours in the months between September and December last year.

A spokesman for WWL said: “Staff within the Trust have worked hard to improve our performance in these areas. This means that we are performing better than the national target.”