Hospital criticised for A&E waiting times

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

HARLOW’S Princess Alexandra’s hospital has had some of the worst A&E waiting times in the country.

Recent NHS improvement data collection figures have shown that in December, nearly a third of patients had to wait up to 4 hours to be seen in the accident and emergency department, and over 40% of patients waiting up to an hour for an ambulance.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, has said: ‘There are three main issues that Princess Alexandra Hospital faces; poor infrastructure, exceptionally high A&E use, and difficulty retaining staff.’

One of the main plans for the future of Harlow is to build a new health centre, Robert Halfon believes this will ease the amount of patients visiting the hospital, as well as increasing the opportunities for apprenticeships in nursing and healthcare.

The hospital has been under fire from a lot of bad reviews in the recent months, many complaining on the NHS UK website of long waiting times and being misinformed. However there are also many great reviews, of very helpful and kind staff, as well as efficient diagnosis’ and care. The reviews also seem to be improving coming into the New Year.

Health Minister, Philip Dunne MP, commented: ‘A 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.’

The Harrier has been unable to contact The Princess Alexandra for comment.

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Ceile Brown

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