1 in 8 patients waiting over an hour in ambulances at an Essex hospital trust

Over 12 per cent of ambulances from one Essex hospital trust are waiting over an hour to be handed over.

According to the latest data from NHS England, 12 per cent of ambulances arriving at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust are waiting for over 60 minutes for patients to be transferred to a department.

That accounts for one in eight ambulances waiting over an hour for admission inside, as of the week ending December 27.

The trust also recorded 33 per cent of ambulances waited over 30 minutes to be moved inside.

Lots of A&E departments across England are seeing big ambulance delays, including nearly a fifth at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust just across the border.

Five per cent of ambulances at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust were also recorded waiting over an hour in the week ending December 27.

Statistics also show Essex’s hospital trusts recording nearly 90 per cent of adult critical care beds being in use.

Yesterday (December 31) a major emergency was declared as the county’s hospitals struggle to cope with increasing cases of Covid-19.

Members of the Armed Forces could also be drafted in to construct and staff new community hospitals in Essex in an effort to alleviate pressure off the NHS in the county.

Here are the latest figures for ambulance hospital delays at Essex hospital trusts:

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Most recent week ending Sunday 27

401 arriving by ambulance

50 delayed over an hour

84 delayed between 30-60 minutes

Week before, Sunday 20

431 arriving by ambulance

70 delayed over an hour

82 delayed 30-60 minutes

East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust

Colchester General Hospital
Colchester Hospital
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Most recent week ending Sunday 27

1102 arriving by ambulance

20 delayed over an hour

84 delayed between 30-60 minutes

Week before, Sunday 20

1188 arriving by ambulance

26 delayed over an hour

89 delayed between 30-60 minutes

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Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Most recent week ending Sunday 27

1785 arriving by ambulance

95 delayed over an hour

162 delayed between 30-60 minutes

Week before, Sunday 20

1848 arriving by ambulance

112 delayed over an hour

204 delayed between 30-60 minutes

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