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North West Anglia NHS Trust which runs Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital struggled over Christmas

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New figures have revealed that the trust which runs Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital has struggled over the holiday period.

Newly released data for the North West Anglia NHS Trust, which also runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, shows that it had challenges in a number of areas:

  • Ambulance queues: the number of patients waiting more than 30 minutes to be handed over to A&E staff in the week of December 20 to 26 was 37 per cent of 956 arrivals; this compares to the England average of 13 per cent and the trust’s own performance of 35 per cent two years ago.
Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital
  • A&E waits: the number of patients waiting longer than four hours in November was 39 per cent of 16,405 attendances; this compares to the England average of 26 per cent and the trust’s own figures which show an average of 27 per cent of 14,148 attendances two years ago.
  • Hospital bed waits: the number of patients without a bed on a ward within four hours of being admitted in November 2021 was 32 per cent of 3,165 emergency admissions; this compares to the England average of the same 32 per cent, but the trust’s own figures for two years ago were just 16 per cent of 3,724 emergency admissions.
  • The number of people coming to hospital ill with Covid is well above what the NHS would normally get for all types of respiratory infections combined – and the numbers are rising.
  • How high they will go is still uncertain. Much depends on whether there will be a big wave of older, frail patients being admitted if Omicron infections move from younger people into older age groups.

According to the Government's coronavirus dashboard, there were 70 people in the trust's hospitals with Covid-19 as of Tuesday, December 28 (the latest date available) including 10 in mechanical ventilation beds.

Phil Walmsley, chief operating officer at the trust, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of ambulances attending our emergency departments at this time of year and we are addressing this by expanding the ability to take patients from ambulances.

“We are also working with external partners to support faster discharges for patients once they are ready to go home, which will in turn reduce the waiting times for those patients who require a bed.

“Like many hospitals, we are experiencing higher-than-usual levels of staff sickness at the moment due to the increase in community infection rates.

“However, we have robust escalation plans in place, including redeploying staff to areas that need additional support, to ensure that we can manage this situation.

“I would like to apologise for the frustrations that this may cause some of our patients and I would also like to thank our staff for stepping up to fulfil additional shifts to ensure we can minimise any rota gaps during this time.”

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