New official figures show further deterioration in A&E waiting times Friday December 13

Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax Picture: Yorkshire.guideHuddersfield Royal Infirmary
New November NHS figures for Accident and Emergency waiting times at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax worstened again from their October low.

The latest figures for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which do not distinguish between the hospitals for the two areas, show that only 82.7% of patients were seen within a target waiting time of four hours, down from 84.2% in October. The figure is down from 89.9% in the third quarter of 2019 and is only marginally above the also deteriorated national average for England of 81.4%. Four hours was initially set as a 100% target, but after a period at 98%, had by 2010 been reduced to a target that 95% of A&E patients should be attended to within four hours.

The two hospitals serve a population of near to a quarter of a million in the Greater Huddersfield (south Kirklees) area plus more than 213,000 people in Calderdale.

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