Wigan A&E department one of the best

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WIGAN Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency department is one of the most efficient in the North West according to the latest figures.

At the last count, less than one per cent of patients admitted to the A&E Department at the Royal Albert Infirmary were not found a bed within four hours.

Medics are expected to treat, transfer or admit 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours.

The news comes at a period where Wigan Infirmary has also seen an increase in patient use at A&E and the hospital being severely affected by the vomiting bug, Norovirus.

While Wigan is meeting targets, other hospital trust’s in Greater Manchester were told to improve their A&E department waiting times.

The health watchdog Monitor reported that waiting time targets for accident and emergency patients at Royal Bolton Hospital have not been met.

Monitor has asked the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust to produce an action plan to deliver “sustainable improvements”.

In December 2011 the hospital reach 92.5 per cent.

Other trusts not hitting targets in the region included Central Manchester Hospitals and Salford Royal Hospitals.

A spokeswoman for WWL said: “Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is pleased to be one of the top performing Trusts for A&E waiting times across the North West. This means that we have achieved better than the national target of 95 per cent to diagnose, treat and admit or discharge patients attending A&E within four hours.

“This is particularly pleasing when we have had an average increase of 10 per cent of people attending A&E in the last month. This achievement is down to the hard work of staff, not just in A&E, but across the Trust.

“We would like to thank staff for their hard work and continued commitment.”

Last year, the Wigan Evening Post reported that at the same time last year, Wigan Infirmary was again hitting Government targets on waiting times.

Traditionally, A&E units have struggled to cope during the winter when they have been inundated with patients but it is unusual for problems to last into the spring.

Hospital bosses have launched a major campaign to encourage people with minor illnesses and injuries to go to their GP or pharmacist.