ALMOST 33 per cent of the A&E department patients at Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow had to wait over four hours to be examined by a doctor in December, according to figures published in the Hertfordshire Mercury. The Government’s target is for 95 per cent of patients to be seen in less than four hours.
December has been the worst month of the year for the Trust with almost a 15 per cent of the patients throughout England having to wait for over four hours to be seen.
However, the hospital has now improved its timing performance by four per cent compared to 2016 after failing to complete its 95 per cent target for 29 months in a row.
Robert Halfon MP, has campaigned for a new hospital in Harlow at the Parliament last October in order to bring the health services into the 21st Century. He said, ‘The doctors, the nurses, the management team and support staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital work so hard every single day but their working lives are made so much harder by the hospital’s deteriorating facilities.
‘As outlined in the debate, there are three main issues that Princess Alexandra Hospital faces; poor infrastructure, exceptionally high A&E use, and difficulty retraining staff.
‘A new Health Campus is the answer to each of these problems. It could be tailored to the needs of the growing population of Harlow and the surrounding area that the hospital serves, increasing capacity and reducing waiting times.’
During the debate the Health Minister, Philip Dunne MP, confirmed that Princess Alexandra Hospital proposal has been submitted. He said, ‘The strategic case for change concluded that the new hospital on a greenfield site would be not only the most affordable solution but the one that would deliver the most benefit for the local population.’
He also noted that, ‘Harlow has achieved more than any other Trust in securing capital to help improve the situation in its emergency department.’
MP Halfon added, ‘I will continue working towards delivering a new Harlow health Campus which would bring health care in Harlow into the 21st Century and protect our NHS for another 50 years.’
The Harlow Harrier has been unable to contact the hospital’s Press Office. Princess Alexandra NHS Trust declined to comment.
Several expressed their opinions and made their reviews for the hospital’s poor service.