Trust is hailed for ‘outstanding’ A&E waiting time performance

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

NEW figures show Wigan’s NHS services are leading the way with some of the country’s best A&E and GP waiting times.

Latest figures show that Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) department is currently achieving 98 per cent against the national 95 per cent target.

There are currently around 230 people receiving treatment each day.

And at Leigh Walk In Centre, where two GPs were commissioned to be available over Easter, 100 per cent of people waited less than four hours for treatment with around 130 people having treatment each day.

Trish Anderson, chief officer at NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG), said: “On behalf of the NHS across the borough, NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group would like to thank people who used the most appropriate NHS service over Easter so that most patients avoided problems if they needed to see their own GP and waiting time targets were met at A&E department and Leigh Walk In Centre.”

Following the national crisis where there was an influx of patients turning up at A&E, WBCCG devised an emergency plan to relieve pressures.

This has included extra funding to pay for an additional 16,000 GP appointments over winter and an addition of 40 extra beds around the community, to ensure patients leave hospital as soon as possible but are still able to get the correct treatment, figure in the contingency plan.

Ms Anderson added: “It also reflects close co-operation between NHS partners such as GPs, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan Council, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

“The extra services helped keep many ill people out of hospital, including A&E.

“This partnership working also made sure that patients who did need to be admitted into hospital over the recent holidays were back at home as soon as clinically appropriate.”